Five Substitution Rule to Stay in Place for 2020/2021 Season

Five Changes Rule to Continue in 2020-2021

This Wednesday, FIFA and IFAB approved the possibility of making five changes to a game that will continue throughout next season.

Football teams will be allowed to make five substitutions for the whole of the 2020-21 season, FIFA and IFAB have confirmed.

Each competition will be free to decide whether to implement the rule change or not.

One of the key reasons for the move was the lack of time between the conclusion of the Champions League in late August and the start of the new season in September.

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“The main reason for the temporary amendment was the impact on player welfare of competitions being played in a condensed period and in different weather conditions,” IFAB said in a statement.

The IFAB Board of Directors had agreed to review whether to extend this option further. On the basis of this in-depth review, which included stakeholder feedback and an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on competition calendars, the IFAB Board of Directors has extended the option to competitions scheduled to be completed by 31 July 2021 and to international competitions scheduled in July/August 2021,” it concluded.

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