This will reduce the risk of injury, after two months of complete stop of the competition.Players wait on the bench in Jeonju, may 8, 2020, at the match of the resumption of league football in south korea, interrupted by the outbreak of coronavirus. (JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)
The pandemic coronavirus, which has paralyzed the world of sport, has had an unexpected effect. The International Board, guarantor of the laws of football, has authorized Friday, may 8, the passage of three to five substitutions per game to allow players. This provisional measure, that between “effective immediately”, will apply to the competitions that will be completed at the end of December, provided that the organizers adopt.
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Replacements may be made in three breaks of the game, and at half-time, in order to avoid “too much disrupt the course of the match”, stated the Board. This will reduce the risk of injury after two months of complete stop of the competition. But also ‘coping with a schedule condensed and different weather conditions, two elements that can have an impact on the well-being of the players”, added the Fifa and the Board. The two bodies “will determine at a later time” if this option may be extended until the end of 2021, and therefore apply during the Euro, pushed back from 2020 to 2021. In addition, a 6th replacement will be possible during the extension.
This passage has five replacements should apply immediately in Germany, where the Bundesliga will resume behind closed doors on may 16, said on Thursday the German football League (DFL). In Spain, the Russian federation (RFEF) has not waited for the green light to launch the initiative. The RFEF announced on Thursday that it would propose “in an exceptional way,” the opportunity to make five changes from team in “all categories national”. According to the RFEF, it was she who had blown the idea to FIFA , “there are more than a month, to be able to perform more replacements than usual in a match.”