Confirmed FIFA ruling permits up to five substitutions and VAR scrap for season restart

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With some leagues about to resume their season and bring to an end the 2019-20 campaign, FIFA has brought in some new rules that will help football at this time.

According to the new FIFA ruling, teams will be allowed to make up to five substitutions in a match, compared to the normal three which teams have been accustomed to. However, there’s a slight difference in the substitution method as the subs can take place on three occasions which is the same as before.

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FIFA explained via a statement: “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.”

With players lacking fitness due to the lockdown, the new substitution method will keep players from getting fatigued and give more opportunities to other players to also participate in games.

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The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has made a temporary amendment to the laws of the game in order for leagues to cope better once they restart, as the Premier League has the option to scrap the much controversial VAR.

“Clear and obvious still remains – it’s an important principle. There should not be a lot of time spent to find something marginal,” Lukas Brud, the general secretary of IFAB, told the Press Association.

“If something is not clear on the first sight, then it’s not obvious and it shouldn’t be considered. Looking at one camera angle is one thing but looking at 15, trying to find something that was potentially not even there, this was not the idea of the VAR principle. It should be clear and obvious.”

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