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The World Cup is in Qatar, that’s why a lot of redemption minutes are given

We already noticed during the first matches of the tournament the new line from the referees: giving more extra time than we are used to in the first and second halves. This is an indicator that came from the top management of FIFA to try to increase the effective playing time

Among the many topics discussed during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (The privateThere are also maximum redemptions awarded by referees in matches. If, with a few exceptions, if we are usually used to seeing two minutes of extra time at the end of the first half, or 4 or 5 at most at the end of the second half, during the first matches of the competition the match officials were surprised. And if at first it was possible to think of a case, or on the initiative of a single referee, then it turns out that the lengthening of the recovery periods was a careful choice, as the matches went on. Because?

recovery minutes

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Unlike in other sports, football time does not stop when the game is interrupted, but continues: thus, the 90 minutes of regulation that make up a match are not “effective”. For this reason, at the end of the two halves, the referee establishes a recovery period: extra minutes that serve precisely to make up for part of the time lost during the match stoppage (changes, protests, injuries, Var reviews, etc…). The race director calculates the amount of extra time to be granted based on the interruptions that have occurred. But it is not uncommon to see the first half of the game finished at the 45th minute or protests to recover in the last five minutes that were judged to be too long. Until now. Because already from the first games in Qatar something has changed.

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Extra time for the Qatar World Cup

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In the first four matches of the tournament, the recovery minutes awarded by the referees were 70 (in many cases, those shown by the fourth official with the scoreboard were added to the minutes whose recovery break was marked). To referee the opening match between Qatar and Ecuador It was Italian Daniele Orsato: he gave 6 minutes of extra time in the first half and 6 in the second. in England and Iran Recovery minutes, due to a serious injury to the Iranian goalkeeper, totaled 29 minutes: 15 in the first half and 14 in the second. During Senegal and the Netherlands conceded 3 minutes in the first half and 11 in the second. In the USA – Wales 4 and 11. All matches are lengthy.

Significances of Collina and Infantino on the rulers

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It is likely that the rulers received accurate indications. Pierluigi Collina, FIFA President of the Refereeing Committee, has been talking about this topic in recent weeks. He said match officials would be “extremely attentive” to the actual playing time. And again: “We want to avoid matches with 42, 43, 44 minutes of real time, that’s unacceptable. So times for substitutions, penalties, celebrations, medical treatment or obviously the VAR must be compensated.” Even FIFA president Gianni Infantino mused on the same issue before the summer: “There’s a lot of wasted time in every match. Something needs to be reviewed because spectators pay to watch 90 minutes of football, while matches last 50 minutes… I’m not saying we We can reach 100 minutes, but without a doubt the recovery time given by the referee must be closely related to the minutes lost during the match. Therefore, maximum restored referees are only putting into action – not without some controversy – the signals from FIFA to try and increase effective playing time.

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