Refs have been told to fully count injury treatment, substitutions, penalty kicks, red cards and celebrations after goals for this World Cup. Previously they hadn’t. It’s not a question of accuracy so much as what was considered the normGenerally agree. I used to think that the referee was accurately adding it back, but was that not the case?
Any internet mavens out there tracking the actual down time to see how the referee's time compares? I'd love to see a comparison between say, an average EPL game and the 7 minutes we just had.
Just was going to post this. If there was one moment that turned me from footy-curious to flying my freak flag, that was it. USA were down 2-0 at half, things were dire, I was thinking "jeez in this sport you don't score that much, they're cooked," and BAM, three minutes into the half Donovan just would not be denied. You hear about "imposing your will" on the game, or "grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck" - boy there it was.Winning goal reminded me of Landy's top shelf bomb against Slovenia in which he unleashed the angst of an entire burgeoning footballing nation with one swift boot.
It'll probably stabilize somewhere in the middle. Time wasting and fake injuries and cramps will still be used to help teams recover slightly and catch their breath just like the NFL. But it'll definitely go down from where we are.As time wasting during the match decreases the additional time will drop back to levels we’re used to.
Yellow card it insteadI don't mind at all. TIme wasting's been an issue for a while. I've been in the camp who tends to feel that there hasn't been enough added time in the main and it gets exploited by the more savvy sides.
This way we get more game time. Mare actual fitbaw.
No, I think that CR is just not that good. I think Canada's improvement has coincided with a softening of the non-USA/MEX contingent of traditional Hex/now Octo challengers.6-0. Did the CR get paid off to take a dive? I know that Spain is the far superior side but still I wonder.
and now 7-0
In most circumstances the time-wasting team is happy to eat the yellow. It's not a deterrent.Yellow card it instead
You can look at Belgium 2 ways:Do our friends to the north hve any chance here?