New Law Allows Football Teams To Continue Making 5 Substitutions

Football teams can continue to use five substitutes per game as the rule was made permanent by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at its assembly on Monday.

The rule-makers also said at their meeting in the World Cup host nation of Qatar that the number of substitutes on a team sheet can rise from 12 to 15.

Using five substitutes instead of three started as a temporary measure in 2020 amid fixture congestion when football restarted during the coronavirus.

It was extended several times before now being made permanent amid “strong support from the entire football community”.

Coaches presently have three slots during a match, plus half-time, to make substitutions.It has been used in most major leagues since 2020, although England’s Premier League went back to three substitutions last season.However, its clubs have agreed on five for 2022/2023.The assembly also got an update on semi-automated offside technology to assist referees and their assistants.FIFA president, Gianni Infantino and their referees Chief, Pierluigi Collina, spoke positively about the camera-based technology which may be used at the Qatar World Cup.

“It looks very good and promising. Our experts will look at it before we make a decision whether to use it at the World Cup or not,” Infantino said of the technology trialled at the Arab Cup and Club World Cup.Collina said they were not in a hurry because “we want to be sure that it works perfectly.” (dpa/NAN)

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