Doha, Qatar – The use of extra substitutes in matches, a change in old footballing traditions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, was officially written into Sports Rules on Monday, just five months before this year’s Qatar World Cup kicks off.
As amended by Football’s Intentionally Brief Rulebook, the rules of the match, approved by the rule-making body IFAB and this year’s coaches and other coaches, may use up to five substitutes in the following competitions. Instead of 3 every game.
The expansion pack has been implemented temporarily, was introduced in 2020, and consists of efforts to protect the physical and mental health of players. However, it has been widely adopted in major leagues such as the domestic league and Champions League around the world, and has been praised by managers for providing tactical flexibility. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, for example, described the change as “fantastic” for teams big and small.
Making this permanent sets another stage for change. FIFA can now expand their tournament roster from 23 players to 26 players.
What I decided on Monday was that for the 3rd consecutive World Cup, the World Cup would start with a major change in the rules. Goal-line technology is a replay system that debuted at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and is known as Video Assistant Review. . Approved for the 2018 Russia Games.
Five substitutes were approved as an interim measure by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in 2020. By then, the league was back on a busy schedule of matches. Fulfilling multi-million dollar gaming and television contracts.
However, temporary measures have been maintained in many of the major leagues around the world, and national coaches, like their club mates, are expected to welcome the flexibility and options that an additional and larger roster will offer at the biggest event on the football calendar. Make your changes permanent.
The club coach might like it more too. Especially if it eases the burden on the top players even in a simple way. To accommodate the heat of Qatar’s summer, this year’s World Cup has moved to winter, meaning it will arrive midway through. Most of the club’s season has presented more challenges to elite players who are tired of football’s near-continuous schedule since the suspension of 2020 matches.
Additional alternatives are now popular in Europe with leagues like Major League Soccer in America. The Premier League, which initially used five serves and then returned to three over the past two seasons, will roll back the change to five starting next season.
Expanded lists are nothing new either. The European Assembly allowed teams to establish a roster of 26 players for last summer’s European Championship, and South American officials approved 28 of the 28 players for last summer’s Copa America in Brazil. In this case, the coach can only nominate 23 players to the active roster per game. However, the decision to allow 15 substitutes instead of the 12 substitutes in the fixture list would give coaches enough room to sway as the coronavirus could wipe out teams in a matter of days.