60-minute football matches? Not for Brighton, thanks

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The more American owners there are in the Premier League, the more they will try to change it. Todd Boehly and his suggestion of an All Star Game is just the beginning. We can expect a lot more nonsense like this to be thrown around in the coming months, including the idea of ​​reviving 60-Minute Football matches.

When Florentio Perez and Europe’s so-called elite launched their failed Super League bid in April 2021, shortened games were the order of the day.

The Super League considering matches over 60 minutes instead of 90 went almost unnoticed. This is hardly a surprise, seeing as the concept has been overshadowed by greed, lack of relegation and the elevated sense of importance of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and their counterparts on the continent.

Perez said: “Football has to change and adapt. We have to analyze why young people, 16-24 year olds, 40% of them are not interested in football.

“Why? Because there are a lot of low quality games and they have other entertainment platforms. It’s a reality. They say the games are too long. We have to change something if we want that football stays alive.

A European Super League would have been the ultimate Americanization of the Beautiful Game in Europe. The store closed with no promotion or relegation, so-called glitz and glamour, the idea of ​​clubs playing matches around the world.

All of this would take football and turn it into the NFL, NBA or NHL. The European Super League may have been killed (for now) by backlash from fans, but that doesn’t mean English football is immune to future attempts to drastically alter the game.

More Americans now own Premier League clubs than ever before. You have Boehly at Chelsea, Stan Kroenke at Arsenal, Shahid Khan at Fulham, Fenway Sports Group at Liverpool, the Glazers at United, the new Las Vegas-based consortium about to buy Plucky Little Bournemouth.

Boehly has been here for five minutes and between signing players from Brighton and buying the entire coaching staff from Albion, he has already found time to say that football must learn from America.

These clubs backed by US dollars would jump at the chance to change English football. All Star Games, an 18-team Premier League, no relegation to the Championship and even less consideration for supporters than there is now.

Prepare to stay up until 3am on a Sunday morning to watch Brighton v Everton as it’s the big 7.45pm kick-off live from Los Angeles. And it will be a 60 minute game, because all football games are played under our new American lords and masters.

Based on the 2021-22 Premier League season, Brighton have particular reason to fear 60-minute football matches. Boylesports reviewed time-stamped data from all 380 games played in the previous campaign, including goals, red and yellow cards and penalties.

They then visualized the impact on team and player performance in 90-minute matches, and what would happen if matches were reduced to one hour.

It will come as no surprise to Seagulls fans that Albion would have been the big loser of 60-minute football matches, giving up enough points to drop from that record ninth place to 17th in the table.

Graham Potter’s side would have pretty much survived relegation above the unchanged bottom three of Norwich City, Watford and Burnley.

If Premier League games had been 30 minutes shorter in 2021-22, would Potter be Chelsea manager right now? Answers on a postcard.

The data is a reminder of the importance of all those late goals scored by Brighton. Last-minute winners took wins at Brentford and Spurs, both from Leandro Trossard.

Neal Maupay equalized at Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Southampton. Danny Welbeck equalized in the last 10 minutes at Chelsea and Leicester City. An own goal from Joachim Andersen saved a point with 180 seconds left in 90 remaining at home against Palace.

Even games like Burnley away on opening day or West Ham at home on the last day of the season would have gone differently had they been played for longer than an hour.

At Turf Moor, Maupay and Alexis Mac Allister struck in the final 15 minutes. Against the not-so-happy Hammers, Pascal Gross and Welbeck scored in the last 10 at the Amex to turn what would otherwise have been a 1-1 draw into a 3-1 victory.

No Premier League side would have experienced such a change in position as Brighton’s eighth place finish in under 60 minutes.

This underscores the character Potter had on his team, as well as his tactical acumen for finding ways through opposing teams no matter how the game ended.

Wolves would have been the other big losers, falling six places to 16th. Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea remained the top three, but Spurs would have overtaken Arsenal to claim the final Champions League spot.

As well as turning Brighton from the top 10 into relegation candidates, the study also shows that those last 30 minutes that Perez thought football could do without are where the majority of the Premier League action takes place.

76 to 90 minutes is when the highest percentage of events occurred, at 28%. This includes the most goals (17% of goals scored) and the most subs (39%).

The 15 minutes between 60 and 75 aren’t bad either, containing 26% of the action. This includes the most yellow cards (33%), a high percentage of own goals (23%), the most penalties (19%) and the most missed penalties (21%).

So while 60-minute football matches would be bad news for Brighton, they would also have a negative impact on overall Premier League entertainment.

Another reason to stand up to American overlords like Boehly and all they have planned for English football. Our game is going well without your interventions, thank you very much.

You can read the full Boylesports 60-Minute Football Match study here.

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