FIFA WORLD CUP – EXTRA TIME, PENALTY KICKS AND TIE-BREAKING RULES

FIFA WORLD CUP TIE-BREAKING RULES

If two teams are tied after 90 minutes

If a match is tied after 90 minutes of play…

Extra Time

  • Two 15-minute periods is are played with a five minute half time played between each.
  • If the teams are still tied after the 30 extra minutes the match will be decided by penalty kicks.

Penalty Kicks

  • The winning team is the team that has the most converted Penalty Kicks after 5 attempts.
  • If the teams have the same number of converted Penalties after 5 attempts, the the teams will continue taking one penalty each until one team wins.

NOTE: There is no ‘Sudden Death’ or ‘Golden Goal’ or ‘Silver Goal’ in the 2010 FIFA World Cup

For teams tied on points after three group matches played

Here is the 2010 FIFA World Cup rules as applied to tie-breaking, as found in Article 39.5 of the FIFA official regulations.

The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:

  • a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
  • b) goal difference in all group matches;
  • c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

  • d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  • e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  • f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
  • g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organizing Committee

NOTE: d) essentially means “Who won when the two teams met Head to Head”. e) and f) really only apply for situations involving more than two teams tied on points.

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