Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world football governing body, has formulated a scheme that enables as much as five substitutions to be made in each game. This is in a bid to assist players to stay active for post-COVID-19.
Sky Sports revealed that on acceptance, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)’s proposal would be implemented in the existing campaigns alongside competitions set to kick off in 2020/2021 football season.
The proposal is such that windows will be given to teams which allows them to change players besides injuries to avoid wasting time as a result of making extra substitutions.
The Soccer’s governing body, International Football Association Board (IFAB), determines the approval of the proposal as the ultimate verdict rests on the organizers of the competition.
“When competitions resume, such competitions are likely to face a congested match calendar with a higher-than-normal frequency of matches played in consecutive weeks,” FIFA’s spokesman revealed.
“Safety of the players is one of FIFA’s main priorities then. One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload.
“In light of this and in light of the unique challenge faced globally in delivering competitions according to the originally foreseen calendar, FIFA proposes that a larger number of substitutions be temporarily allowed at the discretion of the relevant competition organizer.
“In competitions where less than five substitutions are currently allowed, each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions during the match, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time, where relevant.”