(ANSA) – ROME, NOVEMBER 25 – The possibility – temporarily introduced in the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic – of replacing up to five players in a football match could soon become definitive. In fact, during the annual business meeting of the International football association board (Ifab), a recommendation to this effect was agreed which should be presented to the annual general assembly of the IFAB on 4-5 March 2022 in Zurich. On that occasion, the final decision will be made, which could enter the rules of the game from the 2022-2023 season.
The board of the IFAB supported the recommendation issued during the meeting of the Technical and Football Advisory Committee on 27 October following the proposals of numerous confederations, associations and leagues. Members agreed that competitions should be able to decide to increase the number of possible substitutions based on the needs of their football environment.
The board also discussed a recent proposal to increase the length of the interval after the first half, from 15 to 25 minutes.
Several members expressed concerns about the potential negative impact on the well-being and safety of players “resulting from a longer period of inactivity”. This is why the proposal was not accepted.
Also on the agenda is confirmation that the goalkeeper must be on the goal line before a penalty kick is taken, but not being penalized for putting a foot behind the line when the penalty is taken. The board of Ifab has also agreed on the possibility of extending the global experimentation on the permanent replacement of players with concussion due to the very few accidents of this type recorded since the start of the study by another year beyond the initial deadline (August 2022). (January 2021). (HANDLE).
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