Saudi Arabia.. A new decision by the “Referees Committee” after positive results in the World Cup matches

The Referees Committee of the Saudi Football Association announced its adoption of the system for applying actual game minutes, similar to what was used in the World Cup in Qatar.

confirmed The CommissionIn a statement, the application of the actual playing minutes in the World Cup matches brought positive results in terms of increasing the number of actual playing minutes, indicating that it aims to calculate extra time at the end of each half, through a task carried out by the fourth referee, who will announce the stoppage time.

The Referees Committee confirmed that it seeks, through the application of actual playing minutes, to increase the effective playing time up to 60 minutes instead of the previous number of 50 minutes, in addition to contributing to preparing the players of the national teams for the upcoming benefits, in addition to preparing the Saudi referees to participate in the matches of the International and Asian Federations.

The Referees Committee directed “instructions to the referees to effectively manage the calculation of stoppage time in 6 specific cases from whistle to whistle, which are the goal and its celebration, the penalty kick, injuries, wasting time, objections between players, and video referee reviews,” according to its statement.

And the match time in the 2022 FIFA World Cup 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 FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, said, EarlierThe International Federation wants to ensure that the play continues for as long as possible, while requiring the 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.

Collina also worked to deal with lost time at the end of the matches. This is by distinguishing between intentional waste of time and delays that are an essential part of the game, such as the ball leaving the field.

Colina explained to the site, “ESPN“In the World Cup in Russia, we tried to be more accurate in making up for lost time during matches, and for this reason we secured between six and eight extra minutes.”

He continued, “If there are three goals in the first half, it is likely that we will lose about four or five minutes to celebrate and then resume play.”

Collina asserted at the time that it was a system “better than in the past, when it was up to the referee to pretend to make the decision.”

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