Many football fans won’t have ever seen a game that had as much time between the two halves as England’s win over Iran 6-2.
The officials added nearly half an hour.
The Netherlands and Wales had 10 minutes extra at the end of each match, while Saudi Arabia had to hold on to the 104th minute to beat Argentina .
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The win by England over Iran at Qatar lasted more than 117 minutes. It was the longest game in any World Cup group stage, according to Opta.
The first half was extended by 14 minutes and 8 seconds, and the second half continued for 13 minutes and 8 seconds.
Players are now being given stoppages for excessive time, injuries, long goal celebrations, substitutions and VAR interventions. This allows games to continue beyond what was expected.
FIFA has issued a new directive that states “unnatural lost times” should be added at each half.
Pierluigi Collina (chair of FIFA referees committee) spoke to ESPN before the tournament. He stated that he had done in Russia (2018) the same thing: to calculate the compensation time more accurately.
“We warned everyone not to be surprised if the fourth official raises the electronic board with an enormous number, six, seven, or eight minutes.
“If you desire more active time, then we must be open to seeing this additional time.
Think of a match that has three goals. Celebrations usually last one and a half minutes. If you have three goals, you’ll lose five to six minutes.
He said, “What we want is to accurately calculate the additional time at each half.”
“It could be the fourth official to do this, we were successful with Russia and we expect the exact same in Qatar.
“I’m not referring to VAR intervention. This is something that is different and calculated in a very precise manner by the Video Assistant Referee.
“It is the fourth official that usually suggests the extra time, and the referee tends [ultimately] to decide.”
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In an era of obvious time-wasting, the desire to see more of the ball in action has increased.
However, adding time to matches is not a new phenomenon. Some matches in the English Football League have seen an average of 10 minutes added to the second period.
Officials pointed out the high number of substitutions during the second period. However, goals scored in stoppage with all the celebrations that ensue can also prolong the added time.