IFAB approve five substitutes for world football leagues next season

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved the use of five substitutes for world football next season, by leagues willing to incorporate the new rule. This follows the decision in May to allow teams to use five subs after the return of the sport following the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe.


After a 3 month absence of football that left sporting fans out of harmony, new rules were put in place for the safety and wellbeing of players and staff that could see the return of the beloved game.

Premier league clubs turned to a new way of football after it was announced that the end of this years season would finish, with clubs being allowed five substitutes instead of their usual three.

After a long and arduous end to the season with water breaks and extra subs, fans and ex football stars have taken a very shocked response to the confirmed news announced yesterday. The new 5 substitute rule will be carried on into next season. Jamie Carragher stated, “This is nonsense! @premierleague stay with 3 subs please” Gary Neville also showed his annoyance saying he does not like or agree with it at all.

Due to many leagues facing another crammed fixture list for the 2020/2021 campaign, Lawmakers IFAB came together on July 15 to announce that the five substitute rule will stick in football for next season. It has also been permissible for international competitions scheduled in July/August 2021, meaning it could be utilised for the rescheduled UEFA European Championships next year.

Although it has been deemed acceptable, leagues can choose for themselves whether or not it is implemented into their next season. Clubs will come together on July 24 to put the new rule to a vote on whether or not it should go ahead.

Unfair advantages are what smaller clubs fear for. With the new rule possibly coming into effect, bigger clubs are able to sub off 45 per cent of their team for fresh legs, which could completely change up a game. With high spending teams like Man City potentially being allowed 16 world-class players to be involved in one game could bring huge advantages. Even though circumstances are different we are already seeing big teams like Man city win convincingly against smaller clubs.

There are many positives and negatives that could originate from this possible rule change. Too any football club three points is vital. With this in mind teams are able to re-construct their 11 players on the pitch, which could see an additional sharpness to the latter stages of a football game that we necessarily haven’t seen in the past? However, we have already seen in football since the restart what two water breaks and five subs can do to the tempo of a game.

With the decision yet to be finalised within all leagues, could this be the catalyst for changes to come in the world of football?



Author: Maddison Taylor


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