27 minutes in one match.. Al-Jazeera Net reveals the secret of the very long lost time in World Cup matches | Football


Among the strange things that are noticeable in the 2022 World Cup matches in Qatar is that the referees calculated a very long and unusual wasted time in the stadiums, which amounted to adding 27 minutes in the England-Iran match, which we will explain in the following lines:

Brazilian referee Rafael Klaus calculated 24 minutes of stoppage time, including 14 in the first half and 10 in the second half, for the England-Iran match in the second group, yesterday, Monday, which ended with a big score 6-2 for England, noting that the referee continued to play even after ten minutes in the second half and scored Mahdi Tarmi to Iran in the 13th minute of lost time, meaning that the lost time reached 27 minutes.

The three matches that were played yesterday witnessed the same situation. In the match between Wales and America in the second group, the Qatari referee, Abdul Rahman Al-Jassim, counted 14 minutes of time instead of wasted time in the two halves, while the referee of the Senegal-Netherlands match counted 12 minutes.

The total number of minutes counted as stoppage time in the first four matches of the Qatar World Cup was 65 minutes, more than an hour.

An official source told Al-Jazeera Net that this was due to strict instructions given to the referees during the closed training camp, which was held for them in Doha from the 9th to the 19th of this month, to calculate the actual lost time, no matter how long it was, in a precedent that occurred for the first time in the World Cup. In all tournaments, matches must be played in real-time with precision.

The source confirmed that the Italian Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of the Referees Committee of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), is the one who issued the instructions, and follows them closely through a selected group of observers and assessors of the referees, and that the exclusion is the fate of any referee who does not apply the strict instructions.

This confirms Collina’s statements before the World Cup, in which he affirmed, “The referees must be firm in calculating the lost time, and that they will make up for all the lost time in the match,” and advised the followers “not to be surprised at the calculation of 6, 7, or even 8 minutes of wasted time in one half,” but The lost time exceeded Collina’s own expectations.

How is the lost time calculated?

But how is the lost time calculated? In short, the referee operates a stopwatch to calculate the time of the half without stopping, and another hour when the whistle sounds at the start of the half, and stops it with every stoppage of play, including: leaving the ball out of the field, goal celebrations or substitutions, assessing injuries and reviewing the arena referee for the video assistive technology screen, or even to wait Video assistive evaluation and semi-automatic offside technology for a goal, a precise situation such as a penalty kick or any other reason.

And the arena referee must point to the fourth referee or inform him wirelessly, via the closed communication circle between the referees, of the lost substitute time in the 45th minute of each half, so that the fourth referee announces it to everyone by raising the substitution screen with the specified number on it before the end of the last minute of the half.

Note that the fourth referee assists the arena referee in estimating the time as well, and the rest of the referees, including the video technology referee, may intervene by advising the referee if they notice the referee’s miscalculation of lost time, but in the end the final decision is for the arena referee, who stipulates in football law that he is β€œthe only timer for the match.” That is, he is the only one who calculates and evaluates time.

In fact, with each edition of the World Cup, the focus is on new things, and in this tournament, the wasted time calculation was checked and the semi-automatic offside technique was applied for the first time in the history of the World Cup.


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