My stance on this is pretty clear. I think that football should at least LOOK at getting rid of stoppage time. Or at the very least isolate some events that could have the game clock stopped. VAR is a good example of a situation that would warrant the game clock being stopped. “All right lads, we are having a closer look at this game clock is stopped, be back in a minute”. Most people wouldn’t complain about that, I say most because there is always one. Yes it still interrupts the flow of the game and is annoying to watch but at least it doesn’t affect the game clock, that could intern affect the result just as much as a potential handball, disallowed goal or send off.
Eventually I think it would be good to see the game clock stopped for all stoppages. Personally, I think that it would cut down on time wasting at the end of games. You can’t stop it whilst the ball is in play, but you can stop it with subs, injuries goalkicks, corners, frees and the good old fake throw in where one guy goes to take it sets it all up and then decides to hand the ball of to a team mate. Yes, players can still do this to slow the game down, but it would not waste time which is the primary motive behind it.
I think a gradual introduction of this would work well where more and more stoppages are added to the list. If you do it all at once it would be a disaster and there would be so many teething issues it may even get scraped. Maybe something like this would work.
2021, The time is stopped for VAR decisions and goal celebrations.
2022, The time is stopped for subs and injuries.
2023, The time is stopped for free kicks and penalties.
2024, The time is stopped for goal kicks and corners.
2025, the time is stopped for throw ins.
These are of course just my opinions and my thoughts that I have had about football Let me know what you think by commenting or messaging me one way or another