IFAB approves option to make 5 changes permanently

The International Football Association Board also discussed alternatives to offside and the use of new technologies with referees.

The Council of the International Football Association (IFAB) approved the option to do five changes then permanent of the next 2022-2023 season in high-level competitions and discussed possible alternatives to out of place and the use of the latest technological advances to support referees.

The governing body for the rules of the game held its 136th annual general meeting on Monday in Doha, during which it ratified the amendments and clarifications to the rules of the game 2022/23 which will come into force on July 1; keep it three “windows” for replacements as well as rest and directed trials on concussion changes.

Although more than 140 competitions are concerned by these tests, the Assembly decided to extend them until August 2023 “in order to gather enough data to make a scientifically valid decision”.

Members of IFAB agreed that testing should continue to focus on weaning permanent of all players with actual or suspected concussions and felt that more education is needed to ensure testing protocols are applied correctly.

The measure of five changes was passed due to the impact of the pandemic in 2020 on a temporary basis to protect players and after being extended several times it was cleared until December 31, 2022, but the technical and football panels of the IFAB they already raised in October last year its continuation in a permanent as approved on Monday.

As reported by IFABits members also decided to increase the maximum number of substitutes on the team’s entry sheet from 12 to 15, at the discretion of the competition organiser, and considered the lack of respect towards the referees and their security as a global issue.

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 players, officials, parents to insult the referees again “, said the FIFA President. , Gianni Infantino, during a press conference after the match.

Infantino chaired the session, during which FIFA reported on innovations that could enable more competitions to use ‘Light’ VAR technology, which has been proven in more than 100 matches, and successful trials with systems to help video referees determine situations of out of place faster and more accurate (the so-called “technology of out of place semi-automated”).

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 supervised by the Assembly. 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.

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