Rangnick's opinion on stop-clock concept

Friday 08 April 2022 15:49

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has had his say on the potential introduction of stop-clocks in football.

There has been talk recently around 60-minute matches being trialled in which the timer would be stopped whenever the ball is not in play. 

It’s a similar concept to that seen in other sports, maximising the amount of action across the game’s time limit, with substitutions and injury treatments thereby being less of a factor.

With it becoming a particular talking point across the game at the moment, our own Mark Sullivan asked Rangnick his thoughts on the matter as he previewed our trip to Everton this weekend.

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“That’s what is being done in ice hockey for example and in other sports,” our interim manager said in his matchday interview which you can see in full from 07:00 BST on Saturday morning.

“To be honest I don’t see that happening in football because some games would not only last maybe 98 minutes, but probably 120 without additional time. I know it’s being discussed, and it might be a nice idea, but I think it will not happen.

“What is good in England compared to other leagues is the added time at the end is much longer than I was used to in Germany, and I think that’s quite a good thing.”
Rule changes aren’t an uncommon topic of conversation in the game currently, with the Premier League announcing just last month that the competition’s teams will be allowed to make five substitutions per game again from next season. 

Ralf has always been in favour of helping to try and evolve the game in different ways, as he recalls from his previous roles. 

“We had those discussions in Germany and Europe with the change of the back-pass rule, offside rule and five substitutions, and quite a few of those things have been done. 

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“I remember a couple of years ago saying how tall players are and goalkeepers are when the size of the goals had been decided upon in the soccer rules. 

“One could also think about whether the goal could be a little higher and wider and taller in total because the goalkeepers and the players are on average taller than a hundred years ago. 

“But again, that would mean you’d have to change [the sizes] worldwide and I don’t know how many goals you’d have to change and replace, so I’m not sure it’s a realistic thing to happen!”

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