International Football Announcement Board (IFAB) announced that teams will be allowed to make 5 substitutions from the next season. The Five Substitution Rule has been followed in all the major leagues since football has resumed since lockdown. This rule has been proposed by the Player Welfare committees and will be in action until August 2021. This rule will be followed in every FIFA matches including Copa and Euro. But each of the leagues will decide whether to follow it or not. FIFA says it will be beneficial to prevent serious injuries.
Five Substitution Rule: Impact on the game
This rule can change the picture of the game. Teams with a strong reserve bench will get advantage of this rule. Any manager can change the style of his team using this higher number of substitutions. Also, This will help to maintain the tempo for a full 90 minutes.
As with 5 fresh players on the field, the team can continue with the same pace. Thus, this rule can affect the pragmatic football. The teams which look to defend and hit opponent after 70 mins when the legs are tired could get a setback for this rule. Every team will now try to attack the opponent and this will produce an exciting brand of football. In lengthy competitions like a league where a team has to play day in and day out this rule can come handy as teams now can preserve their main players for big matches.
This rule can increase the quality of football. But the league authorities will have the final call. As per international football, IFAB says that there will be an overhaul of competitions next season. So this rule would reduce the number of injuries in a game. This can increase the fan following of the game as it promises to make football more exciting.
Five Substitution Rule: Tilting the balance in favour of big clubs?
The Five Substitution Rule is also slightly tilted to benefit the bigger clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea who have quality bench strength at their disposal. The smaller clubs in the Premier League have to eke out an amount of money for reinforcements of quality squad players. This might be a great opportunity for academy players who can come from the bench and try to impress the manager. It also involves the all-round development of the whole squad as managers have to now prepare for like-for-like changes in the later stages of the game. This could improve football on a broader perspective, but weak teams have to find a way to get used to these changes quickly.
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