Since the 2013/14 season, we have seen a two-minute decline in the amount of time the football has been in play in the Premier League. According to a study by Opta, the ball is in for play around 54 minutes of the 90 on average.
At a time when ticket prices are skyrocketing, football fans are actually seeing less football being played by the minute. A number of players are booked for time-wasting now, but the general trend seems to be a decline in the amount of actual playing time.
Here is the average time the ball is in play per club in the Premier League:
Man City 60:27
Man United 56:05
C Palace 55:31
West Ham 55:22
Aston Villa 49:23
(Stats via the Daily Mail)
As shown in the figures, Aston Villa are guilty of the most amount of time wasting in England. On average, only 49 minutes of their games have the ball in play. On the other side of the spectrum, Manchester City have 60 minutes of actual outfield play.
Clubs like City, Brighton and Chelsea are more comfortable in possession and don’t rely on play stoppages for rest. Long times for set piece preparations are one of the main reasons behind the amount of time being reduced.
This figure might rise later, but for now, the numbers seem to be quite discouraging for the fans since they are getting less football to watch.