Explained: Why is there so much added time at the FIFA World Cup 2022?

for Tv47 Digital November 23, 2022, 09:14 AM
So much added time at World Cup 2022
14 minutes were added on to the first half of England's game against Iran. PHOTO/GETTY

In Summary

  • During England's 6:2 victory over Iran on Monday, November 21, there was an extraordinary 24 minutes, in total, added.

  • When U.S.A played a 1-1 draw with Wales, the match lasted over 104 minutes with nine added on at the end.

If you are a football fan, you may have already noticed that in this year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar, matches are having an unusual long added time.

Every game that has been played so far at the 2022 Qatar World Cup has exceeded 100 minutes in length.

During England's 6:2 victory over Iran on Monday, November 21, there was an extraordinary 24 minutes, in total, added.

But why?

FIFA chairman of the referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, has explained why so much time has been added on at games during this tournament.

"What we want to avoid is to have a match lasting 42, 43, 44, 45 minutes of active play," says Collina in a press conference on Tuesday, November 22. "This is unacceptable.

"I want to underline the celebration of a goal because it is a moment of joy for one team - for the other, maybe not. But a celebration may last one, one-and-a-half minutes so if there are two or three goals in one half it is easy to lose 3, 4, 5 minutes only for goal celebrations.

"This has to be considered and compensated."

When U.S.A played a 1-1 draw with Wales, the match lasted over 104 minutes with nine added on at the end.

“I am not talking about VAR intervention, this is something which is different and calculated by the Video Assistant Referee in a very precise way.

“Even at the time I was a referee, the info [on added time] came from the fourth official, you are too much focused on what’s going on that it’s possible not to consider something. It’s the fourth official who usually proposes the amount of added time and the referee tends to decide…and decides,” Collina adds.

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