IFAB to make decision over future of five substitutes option in March

England v Albania – FIFA World Cup 2022 – European Qualifying – Group I – Wembley Stadium
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Football’s lawmakers will decide in March whether to make the option of five substitutes per match permanent.

The dispensation to increase the number of subs from the usual three was first applied by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in May 2020 following a proposal from FIFA designed to protect player welfare amid a condensed schedule created by the coronavirus pandemic.

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