OFFICIAL: FIFA allows five substitutes, scrapping VAR for restart

OFFICIAL: FIFA allows five substitutes, scrapping VAR for restart
  • FIFA has officially confirmed a few special rules for the leagues intending to resume their campaigns.
  • Teams will be allowed to make five substitutions, but only on three occasions.
  • Moreover, competitions can also scrap the usage of VAR if needed.

FIFA has officially approved a few rules for the remainder of the 2019/20 season as competitions begin to restart in the coming weeks.

The footballing body passed a rule which will allow teams in different leagues and competitions to make five substitutions in a match, two more than the norm. However, these substitutions can only take place in three stoppages which is the same as before.

In their statement, FIFA explained the reason for this change and wrote: “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.”

Moreover, another big change which was allowed to leagues and competitions is the ability to scrap the usage of the VAR. However, those deciding to use the technology will have to do so as usual.

“In relation to competitions in which the video assistant referee (VAR) system is implemented, these competitions are permitted to cease its use upon restart at the discretion of each individual competition organiser.

“However, where VAR is used, all aspects of the Laws of the Game and, by extension, the VAR protocol will remain in place.”

The substitutions rule can definitely be a big positive for many teams, including Chelsea. Teams will be able to keep players from getting fatigued and give more opportunities to other players once the campaign resumes.

The Premier League will have plenty of time to analyse whether these changes are needed, though, and will closely monitor how successful the Bundesliga are in their attempts to resume the season at the earliest possible point.