Graphic shows FIFA proposal, with details of potential restart dates for European leagues.


FIFA proposal to protect players from fixture congestion

By Phil Bainbridge

April 28, 2020 - Soccer’s world governing body FIFA is proposing to allow teams to make up to five substitutions per match when play eventually resumes. The plan aims to protect players from injury and fatigue amid the fixture congestion generated by the coronavirus pandemic.

FIFA has suggested that up to five substitutes could be used during a match, taking place within a maximum of three slots, as well as at half-time. A further sixth change would be permitted in instances of extra-time.

The new rules are subject to approval by the International Football Association Board, and include matches up to the end of December 2021.

The proposal comes as European leagues attempt to kick-start their prospective seasons. France’s Ligue 1 and the Netherlands’ Eredivisie have been cancelled, and other leagues are weighing up options as to how to complete their seasons, including playing matches at neutral venues, or behind closed doors.

UEFA is still aiming to host the Champions League final on August 29.

PUBLISHED: 28/04/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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