By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
The International Football Association Board [IFAB], the body charged with the regulations governing football, have officially accepted a major change in football games.
In a communique sent to FIFA, the IFAB has accepted that every football team will now be authorized to make five substitutions during games.
This new rule is a response to the on going Coronavirus pandemic. FIFA had tabled the proposal as a measure to help in protecting players during this time when the Coronavirus is ravaging the globe.
While teams will be allowed five changes during games, “to avoid disruption to the game, each team will only have three opportunities to make substitutions” as well as at half time or before extra time.
Teams will have an additional opportunity to bring on another player in competitions that allow an additional substitution in extra time.
Previously, only three substitutions were allowed for outfield players in top level competitions in regulation time.
This new temporal law will be effective with immediate effect and will be in place till December 31, 2020 and could be applied on May 16, when the German Bundesliga resumes.
FIFA and IFAB will later decide if the new law will be applied on a long-term basis notably in the competitions scheduled to take place and end in 2021.
When football resumes, there is likely going to be a fixture congestion as the different leagues and competitions will try to make-up for lost time.
This new temporary law is also aimed at improving on players fitness.
Another measure agreed up is that, competitions which are using the VAR [Video Assistant Referee] would be allowed drop it at least for the time being.
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