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FIFA extends five-substitutions option into 2021
FIFA extends five-substitutions option into 2021
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The IFAB Board of Directors has extended the option allowing up to five substitutions during matches to competitions scheduled to be completed by July 31, 2021, and to international tournaments scheduled in July/August 2021. The option was initially approved on May 8 as a direct response to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on soccer calendar and competitions.

FIFA stated, "The decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment remains at the discretion of each competition organizer."

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Teams allowed 5 substitutes as FIFA proposal accepted by IFAB
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IFAB has approved a FIFA's proposal of a temporary change to soccer rules, allowing up to five substitutions during matches. This proposal is valid for all competitions scheduled to be completed by 31 December 2020.

The press release from IFAB states: "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. The decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment will remain at the discretion of each individual competition organiser, while The IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this temporary amendment would need to be extended further (e.g. for competitions due to be completed in 2021)."