Why there will be so much stoppage time in Qatar 2022

Mehdi Taremi in the 103rd minute and Davy Klassen in the 98th minute now hold the record for the last and penultimate goals ever scored at a World Cup and they have the ‘new’ FIFA rules to thank for injury time.

We’ve seen double-digit overtime in five of the six games played so far at the World Cup, and Pierluigi Colina tries to help us understand that in an interview with ESPN.

The current chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee and former six-time best referee in the world sat down with ESPN journalists from his native Italy to explain general refereeing practices and changes for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A lot of emphasis was placed on stoppage time due to wasting time on his part.

“Don’t be surprised if you see the fourth official picking up the electronic board with a large number on it.” He said.

“We want to avoid games with only 42, 43, 44 minutes of effective playing time.

“What we already did in Russia, you might remember, is calculate more accurately the time that needs to be compensated at the end of each half.”

Here Colina claims that the development is not what we think is new, as proposed and even implemented in Russia in 2018.

Colina continues: “And in Russia we said to everyone, don’t be surprised if you see the fourth official lifting up the electronic board with a big number on it.”

“Think of a game where three goals are scored in a half, the celebration lasts a minute, a minute and a half. So if you score three goals, you’re basically losing five, six minutes.”

According to Colina, what we sometimes refer to as injury time is more than the time wasted through injuries within a game, and even things like goal celebrations are factored into injury time calculations.

He concludes: “What we really want to do is calculate accurately the time that will be added at the end of each half.”


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