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2022 World Cup

Qatar 2022 World Cup: how long is the ‘overtime’ in a soccer game?

With the final of FIFA’s showpiece event taking place on Sunday, we look at what happens if the two teams are tied level after 90 minutes.

Argentina players gather together before extra time during the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between The Netherlands and Argentina at Lusail Stadium, north of Doha on December 9, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

This year’s World Cup has been full of surprises: from dramatic goals, penalty kicks, and wild upsets, to moments of joy, moments of despair, and a fine line between elimination and euphoria.

We have witnessed multiple jaw-dropping moments like Argentina’s loss to Saudi Arabia, Japan’s victory over Germany and Morocco’s win over Belgium among the most surprising in the tournament’s history.

And that was just the group stage.

Then came Spain’s so-long, Brazil’s bye-bye, and England’s coming-home-without-football once again, while ‘little’ Croatia and Morocco stormed through to the semi-finals.

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That being said, let’s better understand how extra-time (that’s what it’s called in association football aka soccer) works and what happens if a score remains tied even afterwards:

What are the extra-time / overtime rules?

If and when a game is tied after 90 minutes of play, there will be a five-minute break before the match goes into extra-time. That time consists of two halves of 15 minutes (with no real break in betweeen) amounting to 30 extra minutes in total.

If the score is still tied after extra time is played, the two participating teams will go into a penalty shootout that decides the winner. Learn more about how the penalty shootout works.


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