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FIFA promise effective playing time rules not planned for World Cup

Wed 06 April 2022 | 18:16

According to reports, referees for the event may be given unprecedented powers to add stoppage time.

FIFA has denied that it is considering changing the way it calculates game and stoppage times in the run-up to the

2022 World Cup

in

Qatar

. According to widespread media reports, the regulatory body may make measures to ensure that fans see the ball in action more frequently.

However, if such a decision is in the works,

FIFA

has stated that it will not be implemented before the finals begin. "Following today's stories and rumors, FIFA would like to clarify that there will be no changes to the rules regulating the length of football matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 or any other competition," the organization said on Twitter.

According to a report in Corriere dello Sport, FIFA President

Gianni Infantino

was considering making games last up to 100 minutes or more to induce more action. The rumored additional measures include giving referees more authority to impose extended stoppage time, which is now limited to injuries, VAR checks, and other severe delays.

While a football game lasts 90 minutes, studies show that the ball spends far less time in play. According to the CIES Football Observatory, the average time in play for a

Champions League

match is just 60.2 percent, and it is not uncommon for a game to go only 45 minutes, or half of the full 90 minutes.


source: SportMob

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