How do the laws of football change as the five substitutes, referees’ body cameras and 15-man benches come into play? | Soccer News
After football lawmakers met to discuss the future of the game this week, how different will next season be with a number of rule changes?
The IFAB, the international board that makes and amends the rules of football and which in recent years has overseen changes including the introduction of VAR and the redefinition of handball law, has announced the new legislation which will will be introduced for the 2022/23 season.
At their recent AGM in Dubai, chaired by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, they decided which set of rules should be changed when the 2022/23 season officially kicks off globally on July 1.
Instead of going through the 228 pages of “The Laws of the Game”, here is the official text sky sports explanation of the changes to expect at all levels of football.
So, are five substitutions the biggest change?
This is certainly the big news at the moment. Allowing teams to make five substitutions, an idea that was first introduced before ‘Project Restart’ to help reduce player fatigue, has now become permanent.
This decision was initially presented as a temporary measure and last summer was extended to 2022 to include the Qatar World Cup, but following a recommendation from the IFAB’s ‘Technical and Advisory Committee’ as well only to submissions from a number of leagues and clubs. the world, it is now enshrined in law for good.
Will the Premier League take care of it?
Yes – in fact the Premier League voted in favor of the reintroduction of five substitutions even before it was adopted by the IFAB. The 20 top-flight teams had previously repeatedly voted against the measure, putting the competition at odds with most of Europe’s major leagues.
However, at the end of March, the required agreement threshold was reached to make the switch next season.
How will it be implemented?
As was the case during the Project Restart, each team will only have three breaks in the game to make their five changes – plus the half-time interval.
How is VAR evolving this year?
Even though the era of VAR is still in its infancy, the IFAB has yet to freeze any changes – but there are still new features in the pipeline.
One of them is “VAR Light”, which uses fewer cameras for leagues that cannot afford the full cost of VAR. It has been tested in leagues in Poland, Kazakhstan, Brazil and France since July 2021, but those tests are still ongoing.
Another change that is more likely to find its way onto the world stage this year is semi-automatic offside, which uses a system similar to goal-line technology, and was tested at the World Cup. clubs in January.
FIFA President Infantino said he hoped he would be up for the World Cup in November, while legendary former referee Pierluigi Collina, now FIFA’s head of refereeing, added that he was “very confident” that it would be a success.
What else should we know?
There are a few other things that have been agreed or brought forward – here is a brief summary:
The maximum number of substitutes that can be named is increased from 12 to 15. Only some competitions, including major continental and international tournaments, have already made full use of this existing limit.
The increase to a 26-man matchday squad will now raise questions as to whether FIFA will in turn increase the overall squad size to match the next World Cup in November, much like UEFA l did for Euro 2020 last summer due to Covid concerns.
Clock kicks and stops?
The IFAB said both ideas had been “discussed”, with the Dutch football association being one of several bodies that had requested kicking trials in particular.
The timers would fall under what the body calls a “more fair calculation of playing time”, which Infantino has made clear he considers a priority, saying: “It is not acceptable that a 90-minute match actually only has the ball in play for 47-48 minutes on average. We have to look into that.”
Trials of both have been given the green light by the IFAB, but how they will be implemented and where those trials will take place is still under discussion.
After agreeing that lack of respect for referees was a growing problem within the refereeing community, the IFAB came up with what it calls “a number of initiatives” to address it.
The first to be publicly revealed is the possibility of testing body-worn cameras on referees at grassroots level, and the IFAB said sky sports it has set up expert groups to propose other specific measures “in the weeks and months to come”.
This has been on trial for a year now, with teams allowed to withdraw players for concussions in addition to their normal three substitutions.
The IFAB has now extended the trial until next summer and decided not to use temporary replacements to prioritize the removal of concussed players from the pitch – and said it believes a additional training was required on when a player should be removed.
This was criticized by Headway, the brain injury association. Deputy Managing Director Luke Griggs said Sky Sports News“I find it hard to understand what more [IFAB] expect to learn from the trial extension to 2023.
“It’s confusing and frustrating – Headway requested temporary concussion substitutes and we were signatories to a letter signed by some of the leading concussion authorities, which again was ignored.”