Five-substitute rule to become permanent in football, IFAB recommends

Wed 27 October 2021 | 19:05

Football is set to make the five-substitution rule permanent, as IFAB’s Football and Technical Advisory Panels confirmed on Wednesday.

Earlier in May this year, as a consequence of the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak the International Football Association Board (IFAB) gave an extension on the option to teams to extend the number of substitutes to five.



statement read:

"FAP-TAP today recommended that competitions should be able to decide on increasing the number of substitutes according to the needs of their football environment, while the current number of substitution opportunities (three plus half-time) should stay the same."

The Premier League initially took up the rule change for the remainder of the 2020 season but opted to revert back to the original three substitutions for the beginning of last season, despite calls from managers to stick with five changes.

Man City


Pep Guardiola

has continually described it as "ridiculous" that England was the only country that was still limited to just three substitutes.

Speaking previously on the subject, he said:

"It is not about one club, there are statistics that you cannot deny.

"Premier League players have 47 percent more muscular injuries than the previous season due to a lack of preparation, and the amount of games.

"All the other leagues - Germany, Spain, have five substitutions to protect the players, not to one team or one set of players.

"Because of the pandemic, the reality now is completely different and we have to readjust and intelligent people adjust.

source: SportMob

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