Stop with Stoppage Time

Why does only one person know when a soccer match will end? It’s time to do away with extra time and the controversy it often invites. Here’s how it could work. The ref starts each half with 45 minutes on his watch. The watch is synched with a clock on the scoreboard. Each time the ref sees a need to add time, he simply pauses his watch. When play resumes, so does his watch. This way, everyone will know when and why a ref has “added time” (but really frozen time). More importantly, players, coaches, and fans will know exactly how much time is left as each half winds down. No other sport keeps you guessing; why should soccer?