by Alex Poletti
After a grueling 120 minutes of soccer between the Netherlands and Sweden in the Women’s World Cup Final, it became clear that Canadian referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin didn’t want to go home as she added five minutes of stoppage time.
“She must’ve just not wanted to see her spouse or maybe was hoping to avoid the kids,” Swedish midfielder Caroline Seger says. “Hopefully those extra five minutes granted her a nice respite from the family.”
As the regulation 90 minutes wound down, the two Scandanaivian teams sat in a zero-zero deadlock. During the 30-minute extra time, the Netherlands took the lead on a Jackie Groenen goal and never looked back. Despite already playing a third of a game more than planned, Beaudoin still added time, to the shock of some players and coaches.
“I thought at the end of extra time, we’d just go home,” Netherlands head coach Sarina Wiegman says. “Of course it’s not unusual to have added time in a game, but since we’d already played so for so long, I thought we’d just end it, especially since we still have to play the US. Looks like some people weren’t as excited to get home as others.”
Although The Second String has yet to uncover any ongoing issues in the Beaudoin family home, clearly something is up; no person would want to ref another five minutes of soccer after two hours unless there were ulterior motives.
“It’s very tiring to ref games, and after minute 100 or so you’re usually done,” Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of the Referees’ Committee for the 2019 World Cup and six-time FIFA Referee of the Year, says. “By the end of extra time, you just want to go home. That’s why it was so surprising to see stoppage time in that game.”
Stoppage time can make up for a host of lost time along the way, including time taken to sub in players, or “any other cause,” according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game. Most likely, the other cause in this case most likely had nothing to do with the game.
“When you are away from your significant other, your children, your general life for longer than expected, you begin to enjoy life again,” social psychologist at the University of London Richard Rembrandt says. “Beaudoin clearly wasn’t expecting the game to take longer than 90 minutes, but once it did, she realized she wouldn’t have to see her dumb kids for a while. When the extra time ended, she didn’t want that sensation to stop.”