“People want to watch more football,” says Pierluigi Collina as injury time jumps
Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, said that the reason for the increase in extra time in Globalism The trophy is that the judges were asked to calculate it more accurately.
The former referee added that the new recommendations led to a significant increase in the playing time, which is approximately one hour in the matches held so far in the tournament.
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“People want to watch football, more football. We’ve been asked to do something about it for years,” Italian Collina said in an interview on FIFA’s website.
“The issue of matches lasting even less than 50 minutes of active time is something that has been around for a very long time.
“So already in Russia (2018 World Cup), we asked the referees to calculate more accurately the cut-off time to be given at the end of each half.
He added, “This recommendation was repeated here, before Qatar 2022. It is a repeated order to provide more active time during the match.”
France and Australia had the most playing time (67 minutes and 30 seconds).
Average injury time in matches increased to 10 minutes.
Collina said refs have been told they need to look at some specific incidents in a careful way, particularly the time period of injuries.
He said that the instructions stipulate that many injuries need more than a minute to receive treatment and must be reflected in the downtime.
Substitutions, VAR checks and goal celebrations are other factors that lead to lost playing time and this is now being compensated for.
“The feedback has been positive, especially from the crowd in the stadium,” said Collina, 62.
“There weren’t any negative reactions from the people I met. I think it’s important that we give the viewers who are here and who are watching on TV a good show and some good entertainment.”
Collina said the changes resulted in approximately one hour of playing time.
“If we look at Russia, the average stoppage time was six and a half minutes,” Collina said.
“There was a maximum of six substitutions there compared to the 10 we have now, and if we adapt that to the four extra substitutions we can assume one minute more.
“So we’ve gone from the equivalent of seven and a half minutes in Russia to 10 minutes in Qatar, which isn’t a drastic change but does give us the potential to get around 59 minutes of actual playing time on average.
“We are very happy with this result.”
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