FIFA has proposed to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which is responsible for the laws of the game, to allow teams make up to five substitutions per match.
This is coming on the back of the news that major football leagues are set to resume in few weeks, after they all got suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Coping with the demand of regular football could prove difficult as players will be coming off the back of a long lay-off due to the pandemic, and matches are likely to be played every few days as leagues seek to make up for lost time.
And FIFA proposals are an acknowledgement of the increased demands likely to be placed on players when football returns.
A FIFA spokesman revealed :
"When competitions resume, such competitions are likely to face a congested match calendar with a higher-than-normal frequency of matches played in consecutive weeks.
"Safety of the players is one of FIFA's main priorities. One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload.
"In light of this, and in light of the unique challenge faced globally in delivering competitions according to the originally foreseen calendar, FIFA proposes that a larger number of substitutions be temporarily allowed, at the discretion of the relevant competition organiser.
"In competitions where less than five substitutions are currently allowed, each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions during the match, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time, where relevant."
The new proposal would be in place for the remainder if this season and the next season.