Federation of International Football Associations, FIFA has proposed that teams should be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match, instead of the usual three, as a temporary measure, the global football governing body said on Monday April 27.
It said the idea was to help deal with possible fixture congestion, as leagues attempt to complete the season in a short space of time once play starts again in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.
Most leagues around the world have been halted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The dispensation can be implemented by organisers for competitions scheduled until the end of the 2021 season.
A Fifa spokesman told BBC Sport “health comes first” and no competition is “worth risking a single human life”.
They added: “Football should only resume when the health authorities and governments say it is absolutely safe and non-disruptive of health services being delivered to the populations.
“Safety of the players is one of Fifa’s main priorities. One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload.”
The proposal will need to be approved by the International Football Association Board (Ifab), football’s rule-making body, and whether it is implemented is at the “discretion of the relevant competition organiser”.
Fifa added that the substitutions would have to be made in a maximum of three slots plus the half-time interval.
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