According to information published by Corriere dello Sport, Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, is analyzing the possibility of making the matches of the Qatar 2022 World Cup last 100 minutes instead of 90 minutes as originally planned. This proposal, which would be in favor of the spectacle, would have two 50-minute halves instead of the 45 minutes that each half of a match lasts.
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The Italian media published this Wednesday the idea that the FIFA president has to increase the spectacle in the next World Cup, as he believes that if the matches are increased to 100 minutes, the duels will have more spectacle, in addition to the spectators, whether in the stadium or on television, will be favored by the time-outs in a match.
"They pay for the 90 minutes, not the 50 minutes in which the game is played," were Infantino's statements as published by the Italian newspaper.
What would be the argument for making the change?
The note details that the five changes per team allowed in each match since the Covid-19 pandemic may be a factor that could lead to matches lasting 100 minutes instead of 90 as originally planned.
This modification would not be the only one to be implemented for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, as the Italian media reports that they are also analyzing the implementation of automatic offside, which would be based on the technology used for the Hawk-Eye so that the flag-wavers are informed through a watch if a player is ahead.
The next few months will be key to determining whether these modifications will be applied, which will be implemented during the World Cup that will begin on November 21 and end on December 18, the day on which the grand finale of the tournament is scheduled to take place.
However, CBS journalist Nico Cantor claims that there is no such report or article by Corriere dello Sport and denies that Infantino said anything of the sort.