Teams now allowed 5 substitutions as FIFA proposal accepted by IFAB

Teams now allowed 5 substitutions as FIFA proposal accepted by IFAB

- Teams can now make five substitutions when games resume

- IFAB has approved FIFA’s proposal for teams to substitute more than three players during matches

- Football leagues across Europe are getting set for a restart

An idea that clubs should be allowed to make five substitutions when the season resumes has been approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), ESPN reports.

Football games have been put on hold in most parts of the world as coronavirus continues to ravage the globe.

Most leagues in Europe were suspended in March as players and football club staff are hit by the infection and two months later, the games might continue.

Different ideas have been brought to the table as regards how to ensure the game is sustained and thereby ensuring that the spread of the pandemic is contained.

And with the game suspended since mid-March and the likelihood of more matches in a short period to allow league campaigns to finish as soon as possible, a suggestion that five substitution could be made has been temporarily approved.

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"The IFAB has agreed to make a temporary amendment to the Laws of the Game based on a proposal received from FIFA seeking to protect player welfare," an IFAB said in a statement cited on ESPN..

"For competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31 2020, the IFAB has approved FIFA's proposal to introduce a temporary amendment to Law 3 --The Players, which will allow for a maximum of five substitutes to be made per team.

"The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect, and has been made as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare." earlier reported that UEFA chiefs are reportedly planning to have the Champions League return on August 8, 2020 after it was suspended, no thanks to the ravaging coronavirus crisis.

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The pandemic has disrupted the competition since February with some second round matches yet to be concluded.

According to the latest report, the remaining second round fixtures will be played on August 8 and 9 while the quarter-final will be played the from August 11 to 15.

In the same month, the semis will hold from 18 to 22 as well as the final which is billed to hold in the Turkish capital of Istanbul on August 29 in Istanbul.

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