Understanding The Basics Of Soccer Soccer, also known as football, is a type of game played by two sets of teams, with each team consisting of 11 players. Soccer has maintained its spot as the world’s most popular sport. In terms of players, the game is played by some 250 million players that are spread over 200 countries around the world. This means the number of soccer fans can only be more.
Soccer is predominantly played by men, though there are also women leagues. Most women leagues and tournaments take their cues from male soccer tournaments. For example, we have the FIFA-Women’s World Cup. Just like the men’s world cup, the FIFA-Women’s World Cup takes place every 4 years. However, these two championships are played in different year intervals. The last FIFA World Cup was held in 2018 while the last FIFA-Women’s World Cup was held in 2009.
So, How Long Is A Soccer Game?
Having gone through the basics of soccer, your next question is probably, how long is a soccer game?”. First, it is important to understand that like any game, the game of soccer has a fixed duration. However, due to issues that arise during gameplay, the duration might change. Typically, a soccer match is designed to last for 90 or 120 minutes, give and take. 90 minutes for a game that does not necessarily need to produce a winner and 120 minutes for a game whose outcome must produce a clear winner. The game is divided into two phases, also known as halves. Each halve is expected to take 45 minutes. After the first halve, there is often a break of 15 minutes before the match can resume in the second half.
For a game where a clear winner must be produced, there is usually an extra time of 30 minutes, with a very short break after the first 15 minutes. If a clear winner still does not emerge after the extra 30-minutes grueling battle, a penalty shootout determines the winner. Under What Conditions Isn’t The Game Exactly 90 or 120 Minutes? Ideally speaking, a typical soccer match hardly ever lasts an exact duration of 90 or 120 minutes. Here’s why; First, a soccer match is characterised by unavoidable hitches that could contribute to constant game stoppages. For example, when a team is doing substitutions, the referee will halt gameplay to enable the substitute get into the field and align himself with his team based on the position he is playing. Typically, such stoppages normally take between 1 and 2 minutes.
The game could also experience interruptions due to cruel weather such as heavy downpour or hailstorms. In such cases, the referee will calculate the duration of the stoppage and then factor it in when extending the extra minutes at the end of either halves. Another common cause of gameplay interruptions is crowd trouble. When it comes to crowd trouble, soccer has its fair share of it. This moment the game could be peaceful but a split-second decision by the referee or linesmen could stir an altercation amongst the players. Even worse is when fans pour into the pitch in a bid to step up for their respective teams. Normally, a referee would choose between temporarily stopping the match or cancelling it altogether. This will depend on how violent and volatile the situation is. If the referee chooses to temporarily stop the match, all the time lost in the commotion will be factored in within the game.
Players also have a way of dictating how long a soccer game lasts. For instance, players from a team that’s presently ahead of its opponents may employ cunning strategies to try and protect their lead. One of these includes undue time wastage and slowing down the pace of the game. In such cases, the referee may have to add more time. It is also important to remember that most referees choose to add between 1 to 6 minutes of stoppage time purely from their own discretion. Conclusion Ideally, a soccer match should last 90 or 120 minutes. However, there could be a few additional minutes. However, that call is expressly made by the referee.