FIFA to Implement New Substitution Rule Effective Immediately

Last month, it was reported that UEFA could suspend video assistant referee (VAR) for the Champions League if and when the competition resumes later this year. Now we’re learning that more rule changes could be coming down the pipeline.

As the governing body of football, FIFA hopes to make the return of football a safe one with the coronavirus still having a devastating impact. There’s a new rule that will go into effect once clubs from leagues around the globe start to return to the pitch.

Last Friday, FIFA released a statement outlining the rule change, which will allow teams to make five substitutions per match instead of the traditional three. However, to avoid too many interruptions, each team will only be able to stop the game three times to make their substitutions. The rule will take place immediately and will last through December 31, 2020. FIFA also approved of competitions ending the use of VAR at their discretion.

Not every squad has the ability to bring a player like Julian Draxler or Abdou Diallo off the bench as Paris Saint-Germain can. When it comes to who the new rule will benefit, squads like PSG will use their depth to their advantage.

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