The South American football association CONMEBOL suggested last month the idea of extending halftime. Photo by Buda Mendes – FIFA / FIFA via Getty Images
A proposal to extend halftime breaks for Super Bowl-style entertainment shows to 25 minutes is being discussed this month, the international football association board (IFAB) said on Friday.
South American football association CONMEBOL made the request last month, suggesting working for cup finals like the Copa Libertadores competition.
Law 7 of football states: “Players are entitled to a break at half time, which must not exceed 15 minutes.”
The IFAB Regulatory Board has put the CONMEBOL request on the agenda for its technical advisors to discuss at remote meetings on October 27th.
In 2009, a proposal by FIFA to extend the half-time from 15 to 20 minutes was rejected. It has been criticized as a commercial move, though FIFA spearheaded the increasing time it took for players to reach the dressing rooms from the pitch.
This month’s expert meetings will also receive updates from ongoing attempts to use temporary substitutes for players suspected of having head injuries and the offside law.
The IFAB panel consists of the four British football associations and FIFA delegates. A business meeting is held in November to set the agenda for an annual legislative session in February or March.