The ref ends the game in a close match once a team has finished its scoring opportunity (Usually the team behind). Before you start exploding about injury time and saying the ref doesn’t do that…when’s the last time you saw a game end mid-shot? Or with the ball in the leading teams penalty box? Almost always the ref lets the play finish for drama’s sake.
Hey, I have no objection and enjoy it, but its odd compared to other sports.
and that’s not even getting into some teams getting LOTS of extra time to come back (see Fergie Time)
I remember NASL had a clock that counted down from 45 mins. Im almost sure they stopped the clock on injuries and when the ball was out of play. And when the game ended it ended.