Every sports weather knows the situation. Your own tip is already on the winning route. The profit is already planned in the head. The predicted team is in the lead and has only a few seconds to go until the final whistle. The injury time is already running and then … the opponent marks the equalization, the bet is lost.
In the following we want to clarify the question in the guidebook whether a football game now lasts the much-vaunted “90 minutes” – or whether it actually takes longer, in fact and in terms of competition.
The definition of injury time
What is injury time anyway? FIFA expresses itself very precisely in its statutes. Quote: “Allowance is made in either period for all time lost through: substitutions, assessment of injury to players, removal of injured players from the field of play for treatment, wasting time, any other cause. The allowance for time is lost at the discretion of the referee ”and“ Many stoppages in play are entirely natural (eg throw-ins, goal kicks). An allowance is to be made only when these delays are excessive. “
At the DFB, the injury time is usually 7 to find the “duration of the games”. Quote: “In each half of the game, the time that is lost for substitutions, injuries to players, transporting injured players from the field, time wasting or any other reason is replayed.” The DFB expressly knows that it is within the discretion of the referee to determine how many minutes a match is extended. In practice, it has been shown that, for example, clearly decided games are provided with a shorter stoppage time, while narrow boxes can last a minute or two longer.
For many fans, the display of the fourth official on the edge of the field is binding. However, this is only partially true. The interpretation of the FIFA translation states that the minimum number of minutes to be replayed is shown. The word “at least” is decisive here. Should there be further interruptions in the additional time, the referee can of course add additional seconds on top. If he whistles the game prematurely, it is a violation of the rules, but is not enforceable afterwards. The referee makes a factual decision by determining the playing time.
Incidentally, there is a very precise time specification for injury time at the Swiss Football Association. There it is usually said, quote: “For each substitution that is made after the kick-off at the start of the game and in the second half, the referee has to extend the playing time by 30 seconds”.
The rules for injury time using an example
Let’s take a look at the injury time in a precise example. In the 2015/16 Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and 1. FC Köln, the customer bet on an away win. After Simon Zoller’s goal, the user was on the winning road – well beyond the regular 90 minutes. Kevin Volland only managed to equalize in overtime. The bet was rated as “lost”.
What about a possible extension?
Regarding the extra time in the cup games, the betting rules look a little different. The 2 × 15 minutes are not included in the normal evaluation of the tip. Let us explain this at the Champions League game between FC Bayern Munich and Juventus Turin, which had both of these characteristics to show.
The equalizer from Thomas Müller, which was scored in injury time, applies of course to the betting evaluation. The goals for 3: 2 and 4: 2 in extra time, however, were not.
For the cup competitions, the bookmakers offer special betting options, which are either completed after 120 minutes, but usually also directly include the penalty shootout. If the decision from the point is included in the tip, it is only a 2-way market, since a draw is then logically excluded.
This is how you secure yourself – Cash Out
Do you follow your predicted match live in the last few minutes? Your team is in the lead, but the opponent is putting enormous pressure on them? Are you getting scared and scared? Then you should use the bookmaker’s cash out option. The majority of the best betting providers now have this feature in their portfolio.
You can cancel your bet immediately. The evaluation is then carried out in real time, regardless of how the game develops. The only small downside is that your profit will be a little leaner. However, if the match is already in the final stages, the difference to “normal profit” is relatively small. The cash out sums are higher, the less game time remains.
Conclusion: The rules for injury time are clear
We recommend every customer to carefully study the betting rules of their bookmaker. There are actually serious differences in the terms and conditions of the betting providers, which can have a decisive impact on success. At this point, we primarily think of the different handling in the event of a game being abandoned, a team or an athlete not appearing, and a postponement of the matches.
In terms of injury time, however, there are no two interpretations. The additional time on the green lawn is part of the game and is therefore logically included in the betting evaluation. It is certainly annoying now and then if your own tip is destroyed in the last few seconds. On the other hand, a goal has saved many betting slips in injury time.