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The duration of football matches is 90 minutes long, but the big question is how much of that is the ball actually in play for?
Every referee are supposed to add some time at the end of each half for injuries and other stoppages, but the amount they add rarely reflects what is taken place.
Here is a close look at times in the game when the ball has been in play longer than 45 minutes.
Why did it take until 1877 for a 90-minute match to be decided?
Also where did the 90 Minutes duration come From?
Here comes the answer!!
In 1866 London and Sheffield had to decide how long a football match should last, with both associations having matches of different lengths at that point. The Sheffield Rules were one of the chief ones that were used, soon spreading out of Yorkshire and to the north of England and the Midlands. By the end of the 20th century, the Sheffield Rules had been replaced by the modern-day Sheffield Rules, which are now in use in the English Premier League.
The Sheffield and London Football Association agreed on a 90-minute match to be played in. The compromise was set at 45 minutes per half for a total of 90 minutes, though even this was not made official until 1897.
The notion of changing ends at half-time had only been introduced to the Sheffield Rules in 1862.
The Sheffield Football Association and the FA decided to join forces in 1877, formulating an amalgamated set of rules that would be used for all football games.
The new law stated among other things that football matches would last for 90 minutes unless it had otherwise been agreed by both teams before the game gets underway.
Interestingly, it took another 20 years for these rules to be put in place regarding how long football matches lasted and how many people were able to play on each of the participating teams.