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5 substitutes option in football to apply extended through 2022, to apply in next FIFA World Cup

The interim rule was introduced last May to help players avoid injury and ease their workload
Last Updated : 28 May 2021, 17:38 IST
Last Updated : 28 May 2021, 17:38 IST

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A pandemic-era rule giving competition organizers the option to let teams use five substitutes in a match was extended Friday through 2022.

FIFA can now apply the policy at next year's World Cup in Qatar.

"The decision follows a global analysis of the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on football," the International Football Association Board said in a statement.

The interim rule was introduced last May to help players avoid injury and ease their workload. They resumed playing in a congested schedule after a near-total shutdown of the sport because of the pandemic.

The latest extension covers competitions "scheduled to be completed by Dec 31, 2022" — including the World Cup but not domestic competitions that start in 2022 and run into 2023.

Teams can use five substitutes instead of three in the regulation 90 minutes and a sixth in extra time of knockout games.

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Published 28 May 2021, 17:37 IST

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