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FIFA to Increase Subsititutions to five per match when football resumes

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Amisdt the coronavirus pandemic, FIFA is set to increase substitutions to five per match when football resumes.

The new development is to help players cope with the increase in the number of games.

The world governing body has sent its proposal to the International Board (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,” he said.

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“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,” he added.

To address these concerns, FIFA has made a proposal to the IFAB to “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.”

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