New FIFA rules

FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have allowed to the clubs to make up to five substitutions when the football resumes.

This new rule is in order to keep the players safe and to prevent any injuries as the clubs are going to play up to two matches per week. 

Each side will have only three opportunities, excluding half-time, to make changes in an amendment which comes into force immediately for the competitions which start and finish before the end of 2020.

FIFA made a statement saying: “The decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment will remain at the discretion of each individual competition organiser, while The IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need

to be extended 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 the three opportunities they have, while in the event of extra-time, if the managers did not use any changes and chances they will be carried over.

VAR is also threatened to be dismissed. FIFA announced that the controversial video assistant referee system which came into force in the Premier League this season could be ditched ‘at the discretion of each individual competition organiser.’

“However, where VAR is used, all aspects of the laws of the game and, by extension, the VAR protocol will remain in place,” announced FIFA.

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