The MM promises five exchanges and a larger list

DOHA, Qatar – The use of additional substitutes in matches, a change in long-standing football traditions caused by the coronary pandemic, was officially written into the rules of the sport on Monday, just five months before the start of this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

According to a deliberately brief review of football’s rules, coaches will be allowed to use up to five gaming laws in this year’s tournament and all other competitions, as approved by its governing body, the board of the International Football Association. substitutes per game instead of three.

The extension was already temporary, introduced in 2020 and designed to protect the physical and mental health of players. However, it was widely used in domestic leagues around the world and in top competitions such as the Champions League, and was praised by coaches who welcomed tactical flexibility when offered. Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel, for example, called the change “brilliant” for both large and small teams.

Making it permanent creates the basis for another change: FIFA can now expand the tournament listings to 26 players instead of the previous 23 players.

Both decisions on Monday mean that the World Cup will begin its third cycle with a major change in the rules: at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a replay system known as the Overview of Gate Line Technology and Video Assistant debuted. was confirmed in time for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

In 2020, IFAB approved the use of five substitutes as a temporary measure. At that time, the leagues rushed back to the schedules of compressed matches – sometimes in the heat of summer and without the usual pre-seasons – as they tried to make up. games and fulfill multi-million dollar television contracts.

However, the temporary measure has survived in many of the world’s top leagues and, like their teammates, the national team coaches – welcoming the flexibility and choice offered by the subtitles and larger lists at the biggest event on the football calendar – agree to make the change permanent.

Club coaches may also prefer this, especially if it eases the tension of their top players, even in a modest way: This year’s World Cup has been moved to the winter months to cope with the scorching summer heat in Qatar, which means it’s coming in the middle. in most club seasons and added elite players who are already tired of the almost immediate football schedule after a pandemic break in 2020.

The added alternates are now common in Europe in leagues such as the United States Major League Soccer. The Premier League – which initially used five substitutes and then returned to three in the last two seasons – will change to five at the start of next season.

Extended lists are also not new. The European governing body allowed the teams to nominate 26-player lists for last summer’s European Championships, and South American officials confirmed the 28-man teams as Copa América in Brazil last summer. In these cases, coaches could only add 23 players to their active list for each game. However, the decision to allow 15 subtitles instead of 12 on the list of game days gives the coaches room to maneuver at a time when the coronavirus could destroy the team in a few more days.

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