In an effort to help players to cope with the probable fixture congestion as some leagues such as Serie A are looking for ways to complete the season in a short period of time, FIFA has proposed that teams should be allowed to make up to five substitutions.
The proposal is designed for players’ safety once leagues resume after the coronavirus pandemic as many players have been out action for almost four weeks now due to leagues being suspended.
“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 on Monday.
“The safety of the players is one of FIFA’s main priorities. One concern in this regard is that the frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a player overload.”
However, the FIFA proposal is subject to the approval of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and league organisers such as the Absa Premiership and the English Premier League (EPL).
“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,”said a FIFA spokesperson as quoted by The Guardian.
“In light of this and the unique challenge faced globally in delivering competitions according to the originally foreseen calendar, FIFA proposes a larger number of substitutions be temporarily allowed at the discretion of the relevant competition organiser,” added FIFA.
“In competitions where less than five substitutions are currently allowed, each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time where relevant,” concluded FIFA.
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By FARPost Reporter