Fact Check: Did FIFA increase duration of Football matches for Qatar World Cup?

Social media users are claiming that FIFA's governing body has decided to increase the duration of the football matches from 90 minutes to 100 minutes for the Qatar World cup.

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  14 April 2022 5:15 AM GMT
Fact Check: Did FIFA increase duration of Football matches for Qatar World Cup?

Hyderabad: Social media users are claiming that FIFA's governing body has decided to increase the duration of the football matches from 90 minutes to 100 minutes for the Qatar World cup.


"FIFA plans to extend the FIFA World Cup matches in Qatar from 90 minutes to 100 minutes this winter," reads the post.

The post is viral on Facebook and can be viewed here.

Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter began its investigation by performing a keyword search. However, we did not find any information.

We however found a report published on the website of 'Inside Sport' on April 08, 2022.

"Reports suggest that FIFA is looking into the possibility of extending the duration of matches from 90 to 100 minutes ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in November," the report said.

We also found reports by WION, GOAL, and Hindustan Times. They stated that the duration of the matches will not be changed for now.

On further investigation, we found a tweet on April 06, 2022. Through the tweet, the officials refuted the viral claim.

"Following some reports and rumors 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," read the tweet.

Hence, it is therefore evident that the claim is False. There is no change in the duration of matches in the Qatar World Cup or other competitions.

Claim Review:FIFA to change the duration of Football matches from 90 mins to 100 mins for Qatar World Cup
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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