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Question Number: 3599

Law 7 - Match Duration

Bob Naeter of Franklin, TN US asks...

I understand that are to 45 minute halves in soccer a total of 90 minutes is the length of the game. My questions is "Why do they keep playing after the 90 minutes are up?

Answer provided by Referee Stacy Kalstrom

The players should be able to "play" the full 90 minutes, but there si often time where play is stopped due to injury, substitution, misconduct or other reasons. Therefore it is common practice for the referee to keep a mental clock on how much time has past while the ball is not in play and then it is the referee's responsibility to add that time to the end of the match in order that the players get the full amount of time to play the "beautiful game"...Tis shouod be done at all levels, but often with 6 games a day on one field we don't have that lattitude.

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