It is estimated that all matches at the World Cup in Qatar will last an average of 100 minutes, or even longer. Referees who will officiate at the World Cup matches in Qatar have been given strict instructions that both halves last longer than the regular 45 minutes, i.e.
that every minute of lost time should be made up. Because of this, matches at the 22nd World Cup are estimated to last 100 minutes or longer, depending on the number of goals scored, the number of injuries and substitutions, the use of VAR technology, and any other interruptions to active play.
Officially, there is nothing new regarding the rules of the game. However, it was noted that until now these rules were not always and everywhere applied in full, so the matches lasted much less than the "real missed time"
That is why, before the World Cup in Qatar, the arbitrators were instructed to approach this issue more thoroughly. "Following some reports and rumours spread today, FIFA would like to clarify that there will be no changes to the rules regarding the length of football matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, or any other competition," a statement read.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave a statement:
“These 129 match officials are doing the most difficult job of all of us, either here in Qatar or at home” he said. “They are top professionals; they are motivated in an incredible way”.
“The referees are for us are not only one team, but they are Team One. They are the most important team at the World Cup because without the referees’ team, there is no World Cup”.
The FIFA President suggested that fans who get angry at decisions should try to put themselves in the referee´s position.
“I am as much a fan as everyone else and I get upset as much you when there is a mistake or when I simply don't agree with the decision of the referee because I support a particular team,” he said. “I am asking everyone to try to put yourselves in the shoes of the referees just for a moment – (imagine) you were on the ground in front of 80,000 people in a stadium, a few hundred million on television and you have to take instant decisions which can affect entire countries”. The World Cup in Qatar starts on Sunday 20 November and will last until 18 December.