In 2020, when competitions resumed after the interruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the teams were preparing to face very dense calendars, the IFAB had provisionally allowed national and international competitions to pass from three to five substitutions per game. This temporary amendment was extended in May 2021 for competitions ending before December 31, 2022.
“Since then, several confederations, member associations, leagues and other key stakeholders have requested the final inclusion of this amendment in the Laws of the Game (2022/23 edition),” the IFAB said in a statement. The IFAB Technical and Football advisory groups met on Wednesday. They recommend that “competition organizers can decide whether or not to increase the number of substitutions allowed according to the needs of their football environment.” On the other hand, the number of replacement opportunities will have to remain the same, namely three windows outside half-time.
The IFAB will address the issue at its annual working session on November 25 and at its annual general meeting on March 4 and 5, 2022 in Zurich.