The playing time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup matches has become longer than in previous editions of the tournament after referees were told to calculate stoppage time and any other interruptions during play more accurately.
Monday witnessed the longest four runs in stoppage time, since the start of keeping this record in 1966, the second day of the competition, including playing 13 minutes and eight seconds as wasted time in the second half of a match that ended with England’s 6-2 victory over Iran.
The first half of the same match witnessed a longer play of 14 minutes and eight seconds, but that happened because Alireza Peranvand, Iran’s goalkeeper, hit his head and underwent treatment twice on the field before being replaced.
It counted more than ten minutes in the second half of the United States’ matches against Wales and the Netherlands against Senegal, which is a rarity in soccer.
Pierluigi Collina, head of the FIFA Referees Committee, said a few days ago that the International Federation wanted to ensure that play continued for as long as possible, while asking referees to accurately calculate the stoppage time.
Collina said the move was “not new” and that it was usual for the 2018 World Cup in Russia to count seven, eight or nine minutes into the original 90-minute time limit.