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Soccer bosses decide NOT to extend halftime to 25 minutes amid fears for the well-being of the players

Soccer bosses decide NOT to extend halftime to 25 minutes with the IFAB for fear the idea could have a ‘negative impact on the well-being of the players’, after fans criticized the plan to ‘Americanize the game’

  • Soccer authorities rejected a proposal to increase halftime to 25 minutes
  • The IFAB ruled that players could suffer a longer period of inactivity
  • Fans were angered by the idea that it could bring entertainment ‘American style’


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The half-times will not be extended from 15 minutes to 25 minutes after soccer lawmakers discussed and dismissed the controversial idea in a meeting Thursday morning.

Fans criticized the news that the Board of the International Football Association had received a request from CONMEBOL, South America’s governing body, to consider extending the length of the intervals. It would have allowed soccer to introduce Super Bowl-style halftime entertainment and fans criticized this as an attempt to “Americanize” the game.

Now, the idea of ​​spinning money has been discarded, after being raised at the IFAB Annual Business Meeting, chaired by the world governing body FIFA, where possible changes to the laws of the game were discussed.

Soccer bosses have chosen not to increase halftime from 15 minutes to 25 minutes

Soccer bosses have chosen not to increase halftime from 15 minutes to 25 minutes

Authorities scrapped the controversial idea of ​​creating more of a spectacle for fans.

Authorities scrapped the controversial idea of ​​creating more of a spectacle for fans.

Authorities scrapped the controversial idea of ​​creating more of a spectacle for fans.

It was agreed that the proposal to increase the half-times to 25 minutes should not be pursued, due to the “potential negative impact on the well-being and safety of players as a result of a longer period of inactivity.”

CONMEBOL had argued that it would benefit their competitions, including the Copa Libertadores, whose final takes place between Palmeiras and Flamengo this weekend. They felt it would make it just another spectacle for fans in the stadium and at home, citing how well it is received in other sports, such as the Super Bowl.

As Sportsmail reported earlier this week, IFAB advisory panels had already raised concerns that this change could increase the risk of players being injured in the second half. The current laws of the game, which state that “players are entitled to an interval at half time, not to exceed 15 minutes”, will now remain the same.

A meeting concluded that the proposal could have a negative impact on the well-being of the players.

A meeting concluded that the proposal could have a negative impact on the well-being of the players.

A meeting concluded that the proposal could have a negative impact on the well-being of the players.

A similar attempt to increase the length of halftime to 20 minutes in 2009 was unsuccessful, with fans criticizing it as a blatant attempt to commercialize the game.

Longer half-times would create opportunities for soccer to earn more money.

Half times in the NFL tend to be around 12 minutes long. In the Super Bowl, however, they can last up to 30 minutes. It was said that it cost advertisers $ 5.5 million to secure a 30-second ad in 2021 when Canadian singer The Weeknd performed.

Fans were angered by the idea that he could 'Americanize' the game, with Super Bowl-style entertainment.  Pictured: The Weeknd at this year's Super Bowl halftime show

Fans were angered by the idea that he could 'Americanize' the game, with Super Bowl-style entertainment.  Pictured: The Weeknd at this year's Super Bowl halftime show

Fans were angered by the idea that he could ‘Americanize’ the game, with Super Bowl-style entertainment. Pictured: The Weeknd at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show

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