Full time

The point when the official 90 minutes of a full match has elapsed. Time is added on by the referee to compensate for injuries to players that require treatment, substitutions or deliberate time-wasting by players (also called “stoppage time”). When full time is called by the referee you will usually see the abbreviation ‘FT’ next to the score of the match, which means this is now the final result.

Does Full Time always end on 90 minutes?

In most cases this is true, for example in national league competitions every match is deemed to be over after the referee calls full time, either on 90 minutes or after the added stoppage time has finished.

However, the length of a soccer game can be longer depending on the competition. In cup competitions where a knockout style system is used, when scores are tied after the 90 minutes have elapsed, the referee will add an extra 30 minutes, known as extra time. This now means that full-time is yet to be called and the match is still in play.

If after the official 90 minutes and extra time scores are still tied, a penalty shootout is used to get a result and decide which team can progress in the competition.