IFAB have approved the use of five substitutes on temporary basis until the end of the year – while VAR could be scrapped for the remainder of the season. The laws of the game have been tweaked to help players cope with returning to the game following the coronavirus suspension.
FIFA called on the rule changes and they have now been approved by IFAB to begin immediately and run until the end of 2020.
Teams will still be limited to three opportunities to make the changes to prevent too many stoppages.
The rule changes have been approved by the governors buy they are leaving it to each individual competition to decide if they want to adopt them.
“The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect, and has been made as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare,” FIFA said.
“The IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need to be extended further.”
While FIFA will also allow leagues to stop using VAR at any point in the season.
“In relation to competitions in which the video assistant referee system is implemented, these competitions are permitted to cease its use upon restart at the discretion of each individual competition organise,” a FIFA statement read.
“When competitions resume, matches may be played in a condensed period (e.g. to reduce the impact on future competitions) and in different weather conditions, both of which could have an impact on player welfare.”
Football in Europe has been suspended since March with the Bundesliga set to return next weekend.
The Premier League is hoping to adopt its ‘Project Restart’ later this month if government advise allows it.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the country’s next step in battling the coronavirus and may ease some of the lockdown restrictions which would enable footballers to return to training.
The Premier League members will meet again following Sunday’s announcement to discuss its next steps in relation to returning to action.
The resolution could be based around whether clubs are happy to play at neutral venues.
Some teams, including Brighton, West Ham and Watford, are against losing home advantage and feel it would damage their chances of avoiding relegation to the championship.
However there is a chance that a refusal to return would see the Premier League frozen where it is and the bottom three relegated as they are.
Published at Fri, 08 May 2020 12:42:00 +0000