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Clubs allowed to use 5 substitutes

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Gomezgani Zakazaka

The International Football Association Board (Ifab)—a body mandated to determine the Laws of the Game of association football—has approved Fifa’s proposal to introduce a temporary amendment to Law 3 of the Game.

Fifa proposed temporary amendment of Law 3 to help teams when football resumes as it will be played in condensed period for competitions which were scheduled to be completed in 2020.

This means teams may use up to five substitutions due crammed fixtures which may result due to the Covid-19 as football was halted globally.

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“Each team will be permitted to use a maximum of five substitutes. To reduce the disruption of the match, each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game; substitutions may also be made at half time. If both teams make substitution at half time, this will count as one of three opportunities for each team,” reads part of the state from Ifab Secretary Lukas Brud.

“Unused substitutions and opportunities are carried forward into extra time. Where competition rules allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams each will have one additional substitution opportunity; substitution may also be made before the start of extra time and at half time in extra-time.”

According to Ifab, competition organisers have discretion as to whether or not apply the temporary amendment. The Ifab and Fifa will determine at a later stage whether this option will need to be extended for competitions due to be completed in 2021.

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The local football season faces uncertain future due to the Covid-19. Football Association of Malawi (Fam) announced that the season would be lost if it will not start by September.

Fam Competitions and Media Manager, Gomezgani Zakazaka welcomed the temporary amendments.

“We are yet to start our season and we will maintain our calendar of nine months. We will look at the amendments because they are for competitions ending by December 31, 2020. We will still look at those mechanisms if we really need these temporary amendments because it is not compulsory as it will depend on us and Sulom,” Zakazaka said.

The Laws of the Game 2020/21 will come into force for competitions as from June 1, 2020.

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