five substitutions per match when football resumes, to help players cope with
the increase in the number of games.
(IFAB), the guardian of the laws of the game, which has to approve it before it
can be implemented by national leagues, a FIFA spokesman said. “When the
competition resumes, the calendars will be overloaded with a higher than usual
number of matches. The safety of the players is one of FIFA’s priorities. One
of the concerns is that the high frequency of matches may increase the
potential risk of injuries.”
“temporarily relax Law 3 of the game to allow for a greater number of
substitutions. Each team could make five substitutions during regulation time
plus a sixth substitution during overtime.”
are planning to resume after stopping play because of the coronavirus pandemic
in early May.
also apply “in theory” during next summer’s European championships, according
to a source close to FIFA.
board, each league and each body will be able to decide whether or not to apply
it and in the competitions of its choice.”