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Soccer games have been played in two halves since the 19th century. But that might come to an end in 2022 due to the oppressive heat in the Qatar, the World Cup host nation.According to Michael Beavor, a director for the company in charge of cooling the yet-to-be-built stadiums, FIFA might OK an additional break to keep players hydrated.
The director told The Telegraph:
“The one thing Fifa do say, although it is for guidance, is if it’s 32C they will stop a match and play three 30-minute thirds rather than two 45-minute halves.”
A FIFA spokesman told the paper that changing from halves to periods had not been discussed.
The fact that plans like these are even being floated shows just how misguided it was for FIFA to award Qatar the World Cup. It’s an unbearably hot country with no stadiums and no concrete plans to keep players from bursting into flames on the field.
Other proposals to beat the heat include playing the tournament in winter or floating an artificial cloud over each of the stadiums.
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