The five substitutions rule may be extended to next season.

Fair or not?

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) are set to announce the temporary extension of the rule allowing teams to make up to five substitutes in one game to cover the 2020/21 season,  the Athletic reports. This decision will surely stir up some controversies as it will only benefit the bigger, richer teams with deeper squads.

In some quarters, it has been described as  “A move that may fuel inequality, improve the quality at the very top level, and may have some unpredictable side effects.”

IFAB introduced the five substitutes rule just for a short term as they looked to provide clubs with a greater chance of protecting their players from injuries and fatigue during a very hectic schedule. he IFAB ‘are expected’ to discuss the current issues surrounding the offside rule in the coming months.

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