Explanation of uncontrolled stoppage time at the World Championships

If you think there was an abnormal amount of stoppage time at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, your gut instinct is correct.

FIFA refereeing committee chairman Pierluigi Collina revealed the reason ESPN for the seemingly exorbitant amount of time added at the end of halves:

“When we talk about wasted time in a match, we have to distinguish between time wasted due to play and time wasted by players on purpose. Most of it is time wasted because of the match,” Collina said.

“What we have already done in Russia, as you remember, is to more accurately calculate injury time at the end of each half. We told everyone not to be surprised because you will see the fourth referee holding up an electronic scoreboard with a big number on it: six, seven, eight minutes.” (ESPN)

Goal celebrations are also part of the stoppage time calculation.

“Imagine a match in which three goals are scored in one half,” Collina added. “The celebration usually takes one to one and a half minutes. So with three goals scored, you basically lose five or six minutes. (ESPN).

Outside of the World Championships, stoppage time can usually be seen to be under five minutes in any half. Anything more is usually an exception due to an injury that takes a long time to get over. But the World Cup is different.

This approach to stoppage time was noted during the second matchday of the World Cup, which included England against Iran, Senegal against the Netherlands and USMNT against Wales.

Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand suffered a nasty head injury against England, which contributed greatly to adding 14 minutes to the first half. The second half ended after 13 minutes of stoppage time. That’s 27 minutes of stoppage time, which is basically the equivalent of overtime.

USMNT and Wales played a total of 14 minutes of stoppage time, while Senegal and the Netherlands played a total of 10 minutes of stoppage time.

For those who may not know, injury time and extra time are two different things. Added time is the amount of time the center referee adds to the end of the first and second halves. It is called “added time” because time is added for stoppages during play, such as injuries, goal celebrations, substitutions, crowd emergencies, yellow and red cards, and even heated arguments and fights between two teams. .

You will not see extra time in the group stages. Overtime consists of two 15-minute halves and only starts in the play-offs when the score is tied after 90 minutes.

On Wednesday, the most ridiculous example of stoppage time was Spain-Costa Rica in Group E. Referee Mohamed Abdullah Hassan Mohd added eight extra minutes to the second half, even though the score was 6-0 at the time. This is in line with what Collina said about the goal celebration, that Spain obviously did a lot during the opening of the World Cup. However, at this point, the game ended and the players had to endure another eight minutes while the players were already playing an excessive number of games.

Long periods of stoppage of the game caused some online jokes.

I think it’s wise to plan to sit in front of the TV for an extra 10-15 minutes each match.

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