Would the presence of a timer for stoppages have a positive impact on football? – Part 7
Lastly, This could be seen as an alternative to the “Why does stoppage time still exist?” question I answered in my very first blog. You do not need to stop time or add time on if the ball is live after the normal amount of time that FIFA considers natural has past. Therefore eliminating stoppage time except for injuries, substitutions and goal celebrations.
I have intentionally left goal celebrations alone because that is something that the fans enjoy, take part in and is honestly the best part of the experience of watching football. As long as it’s your team that’s celebrating of course. If the changes lead to more and more goals, then yes maybe goal celebration times could be limited to say a minute. After the minute has passed the other team is allowed to kick off something like that. But only if the celebrations were dragging on for ridiculous amounts of time or copious amounts of goals for some reason started to be scored.
That’s not to say you couldn’t have both though. Having both would not only ensure the game flowed at an up-tempo pace but also ran to the correct time. The shot clock in this instance would be used outside the game clock with the game clock continuing as the shot clock ends. This would ensure the maximum amount of entertainment value. The ball would be in play more often and none of the time the ball spends “dead” would run down the game clock.