Football teams from the announced resumption date will be allowed to use five substitutes during matches, FIFA announced on Friday.

Football teams from the announced resumption date will be allowed to use five substitutes during matches, FIFA announced on Friday.

The International Football Association Board said in a statement that it is in agreement to a proposal by FIFA for a temporary change to the rules “to protect player welfare”.

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Teams face likely fixture congestion in a packed calendar as they attempt to make up for lost time when play can resume.

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The lay off is expected to have an impact on player fitness levels too.

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It also said that competitions which were using video assistant referee would be allowed to drop it for the time being.

The change will apply to competitions scheduled to be completed by 31 December of this year, although FIFA and IFAB left open the possibility that the period could be extended.

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While teams will be able to make five substitutions, “to avoid disruption to the game, each team will only have three opportunities to make substitutions” as well as at half time or before extra time.

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In competitions that allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams will have an additional substitution opportunity.

The previous limit on outfield substitutes for top-level competitions has been three in regulation time.

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The IFAB said the change had been made “as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare.”

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It added that “the decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment will remain at the discretion of each individual competition organiser.”

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