The IFAB has confirmed the changes that will come into effect from July in international football, maintaining the five modifications and analyzing other modifications.
Five permanent changes, up to 26 called-ups per game and advanced referee technology. These are some of the changes that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved on July 1, 2022.
The governing body for the rules of the game held its 136th annual general meeting on Monday in Doha, during which it ratified amendments and clarifications to the rules of the game 2022/23 which will come into force on July 1.
He kept the three “windows” for substitutions plus rest and tackled the change trials in concussion cases.
IFAB members agreed that testing should continue to focus on the permanent removal of any player with a real or suspected concussion, and felt that more education was needed to ensure testing protocols are applied correctly.
Five-change green light
The five changes measure was adopted temporarily due to the impact of the pandemic in 2020 to protect players and, after being extended several times, was authorized until December 31, 2022.
But the technical and football panels of the IFAB already raised in October last year its permanent continuation, as approved on Monday.
As reported by the IFAB, its members have also decided increase the maximum number of substitutes from 12 to 15 on the team entry sheet (up to 7 are allowed in Chilean football), at the discretion of the competition organizer.
Thus, during the World Cup in Qatar teams will be able to call up 26 players instead of the 23 which was the maximum allowed until now.
Help the referees
Another point discussed, and considered a “global problem”, is the lack of respect for referees and their safety.
In this sense, they agreed to put in place initiatives to solve these problems, such as referees wearing body cameras.
“Our obligation is to protect the game, to make it better and also to protect the referees from attacks. We will seek initiatives through education, because we never want there to be players, officials, parents who insult the referees,” said the FIFA President, Giani Infantinoat a press conference after the meeting.
Infantino chaired the session, during which FIFA reported on innovations that could allow more competitions to use ‘Light’ VAR technology, which has been proven in more than 100 matches, and the success of testing with systems to help video referees determine offside. situations faster and with more precision (known as “semi-automated offside technology”).
The Assembly also mentioned the carrying out of other tests, such as the explanation of certain refereeing decisions during a match and a potentially fairer calculation of playing time and throw-ins, which will require authorization and will be overseen by the IFAB and FIFA.
Infantino recalled that the matches last 90 minutes, but pointed out that due to the loss of time, the real space of the game is reduced to 45 or 48 minutes.