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Wednesday July 15 2020
FIFA extend option of five subs to July 2021

FIFA has decided to extend the option of allowing teams to use up to five substitutes and will let the amendment continue for 2020-21.

Serie A decided for the introduction of five substitutes to protect players after the coronavirus lockdown, given the tight programme.

What was expected to be temporary can stay beyond the current season, as FIFA has allowed Leagues to continue applying the amended rule.

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Wednesday July 8 2020
Five subs to stay in Serie A?

Serie A is set to be given the option to stick with the rule permitting clubs to make five substitutions for another season.

The measure was introduced to help protect players after the coronavirus lockdown, given the inevitable onslaught of fixtures, but it was only expected to be temporary.

Now, The Athletic reports the International Football Association Board (IFAB) is set to grant an extension later this week, covering the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign.

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Sunday June 7 2020
Collina: 'Rules clarified, not modified'

Pierluigi Collina explains the updated IFAB guidelines on handball and offside are ‘not modifications, but clarification’ and why referees must use the on-field monitor.

The sport is changing after the COVID-19 lockdown, with five substitutions allowed rather than three to combat fatigue in the heat of summer, while the IFAB has updated its guidelines on handling offences.

“It’s not exactly that the rules have been modified, but rather they are clarified,” Collina told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

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Tuesday May 12 2020
Barone 'against' five substitutions

Fiorentina CEO Joe Barone has revealed he is 'against' tampering with the rules in the event of a resumption: “It would be a different championship.”

Serie A are discussing the necessary protocol to resume play and the IFAB has opened to exclude VAR and allows five substitutes during games.

The Viola CEO criticised such an approach and claimed it wouldn't be right to change rules midways during an ongoing season, hoping the Italian league will opt against.

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Saturday May 9 2020
Ulivieri: 'Five substitutions a positive step'

Coaches’ Association President Renzo Ulivieri welcomes the ‘positive’ decision to introduce five substitutions during the post-pandemic games.

FIFA proposed the idea, which was backed by the IFAB, as major European leagues aim to take up the option when the season resumes.

“It seems to me a positive change and the right thing to do in a moment like this,” Ulivieri told Tuttomercatoweb.

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Friday May 8 2020
IFAB allows five substitutions

The IFAB have approved FIFA’s proposal to introduce a temporary modification of the rules and allow the use of five substitutions.

Football considers the resumption of competitions around the world and the International Football Association Board has agreed to make a temporary change to the laws of the game.

FIFA has proposed to protect the players health by introducing a temporary modification of the rules and allow a maximum of five substitutions to be made per team.

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Tuesday April 28 2020
Substitutions increased to five?

FIFA and the IFAB are reportedly ready to give the all-clear for five substitutions in the post-lockdown period, but they would be made in three timeslots.

When football does resume, it will be in the height of summer and most likely with a game played every three days to get the fixture list completed.

With that in mind, the Corriere dello Sport claims FIFA are open to changing the rules so that teams can make five substitutions per match rather than three.

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Wednesday April 8 2020
IFAB clarify handball and VAR protocol

The IFAB has announced changes to the handball rule for the 2020-21 season and warned “where a reviewable incident is subjective, the expectation is that the referee will undertake an on-field review.”

The International Football Association Board released a statement with the main changes to the laws of the game and further clarification for incidents such as handball.

This caused a great deal of confusion and controversy this season, so there is specific explanation of the caveats surrounding ‘accidental’ handball.

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Sunday March 1 2020
Infantino: 'Offside rule can evolve'

FIFA President Gianni Infantino confirms the offside rule could “evolve to do something positive for attacking football,” but VAR is “only a problem” in the Premier League.

The introduction of VAR has meant offsides can be calculated with far greater accuracy than ever before, so goals can be disallowed for mere centimetres, leading to frustration for players, coaches and fans.

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Saturday January 4 2020
Rosetti: 'VAR for obvious offsides'

There is increasing confusion over VAR, as while an IFAB representative changes earlier comments, UEFA’s Roberto Rosetti insists offside must be “clear and obvious.”

Video Assistant Referee technology is now used in Europe’s top leagues as well as the Champions League, but debate is raging on whether it should disallow goals for what Premier League pundits have called ‘an armpit offside.’

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