PREVIEW-Soccer-Five subs to write in the Laws of the Game

The use of five substitutes, introduced as a rule change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be officially enshrined in the Laws of the Game at a meeting in Doha on Monday, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) said. ).

Further discussions and possible decisions on concussion substitutes and semi-automated offside technology will also be on the agenda of the IFAB governing body. A maximum of five substitutes per team, instead of three, had been allowed since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020.

It will now become permanent although its use in the various competitions will remain at the discretion of the match organizing body. The Premier League, for example, had allowed five substitutes when the idea was first floated by FIFA in May 2020, but have reverted to three substitutes for their final two seasons. They have, however, agreed that five substitutes will be allowed from next season.

The IFAB said the five substitutions per team would continue to be able to be made on a maximum of three occasions, excluding any substitutions made at half-time. A potential sixth substitution would be allowed if a game went overtime.

The IFAB changes will start from July 1st. The body, founded in 1886 to act as guardians of the laws of the game, will also discuss concussion substitutes and semi-automatic video assistant referee technology.

Trials of what the IFAB called “additional permanent concussion replacements” began last year. The IFAB said that when in doubt about a player’s concussion, players should be protected by being ‘permanently’ taken out of the game and to facilitate this the player’s team should not be penalized prioritizing player well-being.

The semi-automated VAR, which will detect offside in seconds, has been tested for the past two years and was trialled at the FIFA Club World Cup in February . It uses automated ball detection and instantly creates three-dimensional models of a player’s position.

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