By Anye Nde Nsoh
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The World’s governing body FIFA is considering an increase in the number of substitution per team when leagues resume.
Unlike the usual three substitutes being done per team, FIFA has proposed it should be increased to five. This is to help players cope with the schedule of matches when they resume from the recess, caused by the global pandemic.
“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.” Said FIFA’s spokesman.
In addition, teams will be given only three slots – plus the half-time break – during the match to make their changes, in a bid to avoid unnecessary stoppages.
FIFA’s plans are being considered for approval by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), responsible for law making of the game and the decision is already being considered. Players will have to play more often considering the disruption of the football calendar and for possible catch up.
“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.”
The decision might be made later this week and player protection welfare will be FIFA’s top priority after the decision has been made.
“Safety of the players is one of FIFA’s main priorities. 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.”
Leagues may resume by mid June and if this decision is approved, it will apply for the 2020/2021 season and this remaining season.
The decision will also apply to all international matches till next year ending, not leaving out the Euro 2020 competition which may only return to action in 2021.
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