How long ago was 1863? The battle of Gettysburg was fought in that year. 1863 is also the year in which the rules or “Laws” of soccer were first introduced. And, ever since then,148 years, the game has always been played in 2 halves. You play 45 minutes, take a break, then play 45 more. Outside of the USA, it’s been a pretty successful formula.
That might be changing.
Last December, FIFA, the sanctioning body of soccer, and a notoriously clean, open, and above board organization, elected to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, choosing it over the United States, where temperatures in the summer have been known to get to 120 degrees and above. At the time, viewers around the world were told of all of the innovative plans the Qatari organizers had for cooling the stadiums, to make sure no one keeled over and died in the middle of the match from dehydration.
Well, it appears Qatar may have oversold those plans by just a teeny-tiny amount. To the point where FIFA is considering radical changes, including holding the tournament in the winter. Now FIFA is floating the most radical idea yet; changing the format of a soccer match from 2 halves, to 3 periods of 30 minutes each.
Imagine the NBA changing the Finals to 6 8 minute periods, or the NFL making the Super Bowl 12 5 minute periods. This would be, in my opinion, the most ridiculous change to the rules in the history of organized soccer.
A legacy only Gary Bettman would be proud to have.*
*Or, FIFA took the money and ran