Five-substitute rule to be in place in next season as well, say football lawmakers citing ‘impact on player welfare’
The five-substitute rule was introduced during the post-lockdown restart of football leagues in order to prevent player injury due to a condensed calendar.
Zurich: An interim rule allowing football teams to use five substitutes per match during the schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic was extended Wednesday through next season.
Football's law-making panel, known as IFAB, said the option of using two extra replacements would continue in the 2020-21 season and for national team competitions into next August, when the Tokyo Olympic tournaments end.
The decision fulfils some goals in a proposal by FIFA in April which wanted to extend the rule through 2021 for all national team games and calendar-year domestic leagues.
FIFA said its plan would help prevent some injuries caused by “potential player overload” as competitions catch up with a backlog of games.
IFAB cited “the impact on player welfare of competitions being played in a condensed period and in different weather conditions.”
Competition organisers have the option of letting their teams use five substitutes instead of three in 90 minutes, and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time.
Teams are still limited to three stoppages of play in 90 minutes to make the changes.
The tragedy on Saturday night in the city of Malang, which also left 180 injured, was one of the world's deadliest sporting stadium disasters.
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Riots broke out after the game ended Saturday evening at the Kanjuruhan stadium in Indonesia with hosts Arema FC of East Java’s Malang city losing to Persebaya of Surabaya 3-2.
The stampede at a football stadium in Indonesia resulted in 125 deaths and also saw 323 people injured after officers fired tear gas in a packed stadium to quell a pitch invasion, triggering a stampede.