IPL-like time-outs at 2014 football World Cup?

Published: 03 December, 2013 22:10 IST | Agencies |

The Italian Football Federation and its national team coach Cesare Prandelli want FIFA to implement two-minute time-outs in each half during matches played with extreme heat or humidity at the World Cup in Brazil.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) is to lobby FIFA to implement time-outs during World Cup matches in Brazil next year, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said Tuesday.

FIGC is to make the proposal on Thursday in Costa do Sauipe ahead of Friday's World Cup draw in the same Brazilian town.

Cesare Prandelli
Italy's national football team coach Cesare Prandelli speaks to journalists on Tuesday in Rome. Pic/AFP

"I want to ask them to make two time-outs during the matches so the players can rehydrate," said Prandelli at a press conference in Rome.

"The are two big problems in Brazil, the same ones we encountered during the Confederations Cup in June: the heat and the humidity which, in certain towns, are worrying.

"If you want to offer a show to the world then you have to allow the players to be in a condition to offer up such a spectacle."

Prandelli wants an official two-minute time-out to be called at the mid-point of each half to give players the chance to take fluids on board, otherwise he says they will be taking every opportunity at throw-ins and corners to rehydrate, which would upset the flow of games.

Prandelli believes the proposition will find favour with "all those (teams) who were at the Confederations Cup" and who have already experienced the potentially difficult conditions in the country.

The former Roma and Fiorentina coach said that during that competition "eight out of 11" players asked him to come off.

"That's a lot," added Prandelli. 

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