Football chiefs decided not to extend the half-time to 25 minutes with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for fear the idea could have a ‘negative impact on player well-being’, after fans considered the ‘Americanization of the game’ plan.
- Football authorities rejected a proposal to increase the half-time to 25 minutes
- IFAB ruling that players may experience a longer period of inactivity
- Fans were angered by the idea that it could bring “American-style” entertainment.
The half-time will not be extended from 15 minutes to 25 minutes after football lawmakers discussed and rejected the controversial idea at a Thursday morning meeting.
Fans have criticized the news that the International Football Association Board has received a request from CONMEBOL, South America’s governing body, to consider extending the intervals.
It would have enabled soccer to offer Super Bowl-style halftime entertainment and fans criticized this as an attempt to “Americanize” the game.
Now, the money-laundering idea has been ruled out, after it was brought up at the FIFA’s annual business meeting, chaired by FIFA, as potential changes to the Laws of the Game were discussed.
It was agreed that the proposal to increase the half times to 25 minutes should not go forward, due to the “potential negative impact on player well-being and safety resulting from a longer period of inactivity”.
Football chiefs chose not to increase the half-time from 15 minutes to 25 minutes
The authorities rejected the controversial idea to create more spectacle for supporters
The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) argued that it would benefit their competitions, including the Copa Libertadores, the final between Palmeiras and Flamengo this weekend.
They felt it would make it more exciting for fans on the field and at home, noting how well it was received in other sports, such as the Super Bowl.
As Sportsmail reported earlier this week, IFAB’s advisory committees have already expressed concerns that the change could increase players’ risk of injury in the second half. The current Laws of the Game, which states that “players are entitled to an interval of no more than 15 minutes,” will remain the same for now.
The meeting concluded that the proposal may adversely affect the player’s welfare
A similar attempt to increase the length from half a time to 20 minutes in 2009 was unsuccessful, with fans criticizing it as a blatant attempt to market the game.
The longer half will create opportunities for football to earn more money.
Halftimes in the NFL tend to last about 12 minutes. But in the Super Bowl, it 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 sang.
Fans were outraged by the idea that the game was being ‘Americanised’ – through Super Bowl-style entertainment. Pictured: The Weeknd at this year’s Super Bowl halftime