‘It will not be strange to see eight minutes of added time’: World Cup 2022 matches set to last as long as 100 MINUTES as FIFA demand clampdown on ‘unnatural’ time-wasting
World Cup 2022 matches are set to last as long as 100 minutes with the news emerging that FIFA are looking to clampdown on time-wasting.
FIFA chiefs are demanding officials across the major tournament in Qatar cut out time wasting in the later stages of both halves during the games.
Referee’s Danny Makkeile and Chris Beath have both since confirmed that they alongside their fellow officials will ensure extra time is added correctly to stop the wasters gaining an advantage.
FIFA chiefs are demanding officials across the major tournament in Qatar cut out time wasting
World Cup 2022 matches in Qatar are set to last as long as 100 minutes, if they need to be
‘You can expect longer halves, for sure. This is one of the topics we have spoken about,’ Dutch referee Makkelie told The Sun.
‘It will not be strange to see six, seven, eight minutes of extra time.
‘We did this in Russia and everybody was positive. And for sure we will continue this approach here.’
Referee Danny Makkelie has confirmed they will add extra time to stop time wasting tactics
The FIFA chiefs were concerned about ‘unnatural time-wasting’ after substitutions, goals and at set-pieces – therefore the directive of adding extra time was passed down and agreed by all 36 referees and their teams when they arrived in Doha earlier this week.
Australian referee Beath insisted it will not be unusual to see each half last at least 50 minutes, but of course it will depend on each and every match.
‘It depends on the game. It won’t be uncommon to see additional time. That might be six, seven, eight, nine minutes perhaps but it depends on the game,’ Beath said.
Australian referee Chris Beath (pictured) has insisted it will not be unusual to see 50 minutes
‘The priority areas are protecting player safety, protecting the image of the game and maximising the ball in play time.
‘They’re fairly common themes around the world. It’s just making sure that we’re aware and doing our job accordingly.
‘But we’ll see extra time added on, yes, in accordance with the time that’s lost during the game.’
Adding extra time was agreed by all 36 referees and their teams when they arrived in Doha
Time-wasting has been a talk among managers across the globe in recent weeks, including Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, who criticised Aston Villa on time wasting in their comeback win.
The Seagulls were left frustrated at the Amex Stadium after Danny Ings hit a brace to cancel out Alexis Mac Allister’s first-minute opener.
Brighton pushed for a leveller and eight minutes of stoppage time were added on, but De Zerbi was booked for remonstrating about Villa’s slow play with goalkeeper Emi Martinez at one stage throwing the ball out due to an apparent injury – after making a save from Leonardo Trossard – only to recover seconds later.
Roberto De Zerbi expressed his frustration with Aston Villa ‘wasting time’ as the visitors came from behind to win at the Amex
Matty Cash and John McGinn received cautions for time wasting with referee Kavanagh dishing out seven yellow cards in total for the visitors but it failed to prevent the official receiving some heat from the Brighton head coach.
‘If the games are 90 minutes, during the 90 minutes you have to play, you can’t play 45 or 44 minutes,’ De Zerbi said.
‘To lose is not a big problem. It is not a big problem to lose one game like with Villa we lost, but I would like to play normal time. Not 90 minutes because it is not normal to play for 90 minutes but maybe 60 minutes no?
‘Yes, a lot of wasting time. Too much wasting time. I thought before I came to work in the Premier League. I thought in the Premier League the people were correct, also in Italy, also in Latin countries, but it is not like this.’