FIFA to apply standardised timing at the 1998 World Cup

The Under-17 World Championship in Egypt in September 1997 was used by FIFA to introduce a standardised system of timing goals, substitutions and other incidents during football matches.

This system was then applied during the FIFA/Confederations' Cup and continues to be used for all other official FIFA competitions.

For example, if the player Bernis scores a goal after 32 minutes and 15 seconds, it is recorded as "in the 33rd minute" and not "after 32 minutes". Thus, the goal would be recorded Bernis (33) and not Bernis (32).

There is also a new way to distinguish when a goal is scored in the time added on for stoppages at the end of the first half or second half. This is done by adding a "+" sign.

  • If a goal is scored after, for example, 46 minutes 30 seconds of the first half, before half-time, this is recorded as Bernis (47+).
  • If a goal is scored in the second minute of the second half, this is recorded as Bernis (47).
  • In the time added on for stoppages at the end of a match played without extra time, a goal scored after 92 minutes 45 seconds is recorded as Bernis (93).
  • However, if the match goes then to extra time, that goal must be recorded as Bernis (93+), to show that it was scored before a goal scored in the first minute of extra time (91).