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What Is ET In Soccer?

In soccer, “ET” typically stands for “Extra Time.” Extra time refers to additional playing time added to a match to break a tie if the score remains level at the end of regulation time (90 minutes). Extra time is commonly played in knockout or playoff matches, such as those in tournament formats like the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, or domestic cup competitions.

Extra time consists of two additional periods, each lasting 15 minutes (for a total of 30 minutes), with a brief interval (usually 5 minutes) between the two periods. During extra time, the teams continue to play according to the same rules and regulations as in regulation time, with the goal of scoring more goals than their opponents to win the match.

If the score remains tied at the end of extra time, the match may proceed to a penalty shootout to determine the winner. Penalty shootouts involve a series of alternating penalty kicks taken by players from each team, with the team scoring the most goals after a predetermined number of kicks declared the winner.

The addition of extra time and, if necessary, penalty shootouts adds excitement and drama to soccer matches, especially in high-stakes competitions where advancing to the next round or winning a championship is at stake.