FIFA have confirmed a significant rule change when football returns after the coronavirus Pandemic. Football’s lawmakers have announced clubs will be allowed five substitutes per match in competitions which start and finish before the end of 2020.
FIFA statement 2020: Watch
A statement said: “The decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment will remain at the discretion of each competition organizer, while The IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need to extend further (e.g., for competitions due to be completed in 2021).”
If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of three opportunities for both sides, while in the event of extra-time, unused changes will carry over.It also said that competitions currently using the video replay system (VAR) would be free to discontinue its use on restarting.
Football’s rule-making body IFAB agreed to make the change to the rules “based on a proposal received from FIFA seeking to protect player welfare,” the statement added.
The International Football Association Board (The IFAB) has agreed to make a temporary amendment to the Laws of the Game based on a proposal received to protect player welfare. The IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need to extend further.