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Everything is different in Qatar. Not just next to, but also on the pitch. One innovation was particularly noticeable in the first few games. At the 2022 World Cup, the stoppage times are incredibly long.

This is by no means coincidental or arbitrary, but planned well in advance. The fans may or may not have to get used to it only during the 2022 World Cup. In the Bundesliga, too, the games are soon threatened with overlength.

World Cup 2022: Extreme stoppage times soon to be normal?

No one covers as much as Thomas Gottschalk? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! The 20 minutes that “Wetten, dass…?” lasted longer than planned on Saturday are normal at the 2022 World Cup. The World Cup in Qatar breaks with tradition at every turn. The length of a game is also a completely new one.

Eleven minutes were replayed in the opening game Qatar – Ecuador (0:2). Sounds like a lot, but compared to the game between England and Iran it was downright ridiculous. The second World Cup game lasted an unbelievable 28 (!) minutes longer than the planned 90. If you add the injury time of the first half, Mehdi Taremi’s goal to make it 6-2 came in the 119th minute.

Fifa referee boss announced change

Extra lengths that you have to get used to. Even before the start of the tournament, Pierluigi Collina had announced that interruptions would be meticulously calculated. “We will calculate injury time very carefully and try to compensate for the time lost due to incidents,” said the head of the Fifa referees’ commission. “We don’t want there to be only 42 or 43 minutes of active play in a half, that’s not acceptable.”

14 minutes stoppage time? Not uncommon at the 2022 World Cup. Photo: IMAGO/Offside Sports Photography

More football, some are happy – another change, others grumble. The critics will soon have to get used to such stoppage times in the Bundesliga. Often (rule) changes from major tournaments were then adopted in the club competitions.

The Bundesliga is also threatened with overlength

The handball rule revised for the EM 2021 then also applied in the national leagues. For the 2018 World Cup, it was decided that moves should only be played to the end if offside is suspected, so that the VAR can then decide. This is also common practice in the Bundesliga and Co. today. In addition, the fourth substitution was introduced in overtime and later adopted. Today you can even change up to six times.


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Bundesliga referee Patrick Ittrich called the mega stoppage times at the 2022 World Cup “really borderline.” FIFA shouldn’t ask itself how the fans will like them. In Qatar, after all, she sufficiently demonstrated how much she values ​​public opinion. If Fifa sees added value in the change, it will soon come to the Bundesliga as well.

Source: Derwesten

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J. A. Allen

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