Fact Check: Is FIFA Going To Change Duration Of Football Matches For Qatar World Cup? Here’s The Truth

It is being widely claimed on social media that FIFA’s governing body has decided to extend the duration of the matches to 100 minutes for the upcoming Football World Cup coming up in Qatar in November-December 2022. 

The post is being shared on Facebook with the caption, “FIFA plan to extend FIFA World Cup matches in Qatar from 90 minutes to 100 minutes this winter.”

Here’s the link to the above post

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE.

Starting with our investigation, we did a keyword search but could not find any credible news report that corroborated the viral claim.

During our search, we came across multiple reports that refuted the viral claim stating that FIFA has denied any such changes to the game duration. Check here, here

Searching further, we found a tweet uploaded on the official handle of FIFA media that refuted the viral claim stating, “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.”

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral claim stating that FIFA has decided to extend the length of football matches to 100 minutes for the Qatar World Cup is false. 

 

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