Extra Time

In this football language post we explain the phrase, ‘extra time‘. You can read the transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at admin@languagecaster.com.

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Extra time is the time added on to a cup or knock-out match that has finished in a draw so that we can find a winner. The extra time usually lasts thirty minutes – divided into two periods of 15 minutes. Sometimes we might see the result of a game written, 3-2 (AET) where AET = after extra time. This shows us that the game finished as a draw after 90 minutes and an extra amount of time was needed to find a winner.

There is a difference between extra time, injury time and additional time. Extra time is the 30 minutes which is played after a game finishes in a draw. Additional time is the time that a referee will add on to the end of each half in order to make up some of the lost time due to things like injuries, time wasting and substitutions. Sometimes this additional time is known as injury time but it is still the time added on to a half.

  • Example: England beat Germany 4-2 after extra time to win the World Cup in 1966.
  • Example: The 2010 World Cup final was won by Spain after Iniesta scored the winner in extra time
  • Example: Lionel Messi restores Argentina’s lead in extra time as they lead France 3-2 in the World Cup final (BBC.co.uk December 2022)
  • Example: Unlike in the FA Cup semi-final between these sides at Wembley in April, when Watford memorably fought back from two goals down to win the tie in extra time, there was limited response (BBC.co.uk, Sep 2019)

There is more discussion here about the differences between the two (additional time and extra time).



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