Football’s lawmakers have have given the green light to January trials for concussion substitutes ahead of a potential introduction in the Premier League from the start of next season.
IFAB [International Football Association Board] have concluded that player safety must become a priority and that a new approach to head injuries is needed.
A statement released by the IFAB read: “The members recommended further consultation, working with the FIFA medical subdivision and other stakeholders, to facilitate trials to start from January 2021 for any competition that is interested in taking part.
“The Concussion Expert Group [CEG] again emphasised the protection of players is the main goal and that a clear and uniform approach is needed, which can operate effectively at all levels of the game.
“Therefore, the group agreed that applying an ‘if in doubt, take them out’ philosophy would be the best solution to safeguard the health of players.”
Any introduction of concussion substitutions by the Premier League would likely be supported by the FA who have championed research into brain injuries.