Fact Check: No, FIFA will not change the match duration for the Qatar World Cup

For football fans, it was a surprise ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar. A viral post on social media has claimed that FIFA will extend the playing time from 90 minutes to 100 minutes for the 2022 World Cup.

Multiple users on Facebook claimed that world football’s governing body would extend the duration of the match to 100 minutes.

India Today Anti-Fake News War room (AFWA) found that FIFA had clarified on Twitter that there would be no change in the duration of football matches for the 2022 World Cup or any other competition.

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Most viral posts on Facebook claimed the Italian site “Corrier dello Sport” as the source of this information.

We found this sports website “Soccer Italy” reported on this on April 5 with a headline “FIFA considering game time rule change ahead of 2022 World Cup”.

The report reads: “As Corriere dello Sport reports, FIFA wants to increase the effective playing time of matches before the next World Cup in Qatar, but it will first have to receive the green light from the IFAB, the body that governs the laws of football.

But on April 6, the official FIFA Media Twitter account released a statement and dismissed the viral news as a “rumour”. FIFA’s statement reads: “Following certain widespread reports and rumors today, FIFA would like to clarify that there will be no changes to the rules regarding the duration of football matches for the World Cup. FIFA, Qatar 2022 or any other competition.”

AFWA spoke to a few sports journalists to understand if there were any discussions within the world football body regarding the duration of the game. Gautam Bhattacharya, a senior sports editor from Bengal, said: “FIFA has always been very flexible in changing the rules of the game, but I have never heard of FIFA thinking to extend the duration of the game.”

Likewise, sports journalist Debayan Sen also found it to be a baseless hoax and wondered how it originated. “I have no idea how it spread and where it all started. Never heard of a change in game duration until now.

Fact Check: No, FIFA will not change the match duration for the Qatar World Cup

ClaimFIFA will extend the match duration from 90 minutes to 100 minutes at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.ConclusionFIFA has clarified on Twitter that there will be no change in the duration of football matches for the 2022 World Cup or any other competition. This rumor spread on social media after an Italian site reported that FIFA had extended the duration of the game.

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