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.

The Associated Press July 15, 2020 22:54:46 IST
Five-substitute rule to be in place in next season as well, say football lawmakers citing ‘impact on player welfare’

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.

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