Former international referee and sports critic Nasser Sadiq said that there are new techniques for calculating stoppage time in football matches during the 2022 WorldCup, to ensure that players do not waste time in a step that achieves parity and justice in the match.
He added, in an interview with (Al-Masa’iya), on Tuesday, that “the issue of increasing the minutes of overtime is
old and new. There are a lot of minutes wasted during the match that are not usually counted, as studies and
statistics revealed that the actual time for many matches reaches only 40 minutes instead of 90. These are
disastrous numbers because the fun of football is inside the stadium and not outside it.
He pointed out that the referees were not dealing with the matter seriously, and this caused the loss of
tournaments for some teams.
And the playing time in the 2022 FIFA WorldCup matches has become longer than in previous versions of the
tournament, after informing the referees of the need to calculate stoppage time and any other stops during the
game more accurately.
The head of the Referees Committee of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), Pierluigi
Collina, said a few days ago that the federation wants to ensure that the game continues for as long as possible,
while asking the referees to calculate the time instead of the lost accurately.
Collina added that this move was “not new” and that it was usual in the 2018 WorldCup in Russia to count seven,
eight or nine minutes into the original 90-minute time.
Sadiq explained that “Colina is working to put his mark and touch, most notably the increase in stoppage time,
and this will of course increase FIFA’s profits, which means an increase in the demand for football fans, both men
He referred to “the use of artificial intelligence in the matter of calculating the time, as there is a screen in the
video-assisting arbitration room (VAR) dedicated to calculating the time.”
What does calculating long extra times in the 2022 World Cup matches mean?
Calculating long additional times in the 2022 World Cup matches may pave the way for applying the theory of
the International Federation of Football Associations, which calls for playing the largest possible time in matches,
which means that the referees will be more firm with wasting time.