FIFA proposes temporary measure to allow five substitutions per game

With many leagues facing heavy schedules if they want to wrap up their seasons, FIFA has proposed allowing teams to make as many as five substitutions per match, instead of the usual three, on a short-term basis.

All but a few leagues around the world have been on hold since mid-March, but others are still hoping to complete their 2019-20 or 2020 seasons.

The proposal will need approval from soccer’s rule-making body, IFAB. Leagues would then have the authority to implement the rule change for the rest of 2020 and 2021.

“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,” FIFA said in a statement. “Each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions during the match, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time, where relevant."

The substitutes could take place at halftime or during a maximum of three stoppages to prevent the maximum of 10 (or 12) subs from slowing the game down excessively.
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