FIFA To Allow Five Substitutions When Football Resumes After Coronavirus

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FIFA wants to allow teams to use five substitutes when football resumes, due to the congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Football’s world governing body is proposing upping the number of changes allowed in 90 minutes from three to five – with a sixth in extra time of knock-out games – to help combat injuries with more games to be squeezed into a shorter amount of time.

With league seasons, domestic cups and continental competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League due to be completed, some teams face a huge number of matches once the 2019-20 campaigns are permitted to resume – should that be possible.

Under FIFA’s proposals, the rule change would apply until December 31, 2021, meaning all competitions in the 2020-21 season would also allow five substitutions – however there would still only be three breaks in play per team permitted for substitutions in order to prevent matches becoming fragmented.

It would also apply to national team matches, with qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup also affected by the coronavirus-inflicted backlog.

Qualifying programmes are already behind schedule in Asia and South America and are also set to face problems in Europe next year after UEFA postponed the 2020 European Championship by one year, meaning the tournament is now set to take fixture dates in June from the 2022 groups.

The rules would have to be ratified by the game’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), however, that is expected to be a formality.

See Also:

COVID-19: FIFA To Support Member Associations With $150 Million

UEFA: Qualification For Competitions Next Season To Be Based On ‘Sporting Merit’

source: Goal

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