ZURICH (AP) — A pandemic-era rule giving competition organizers the option to let teams use five substitutes in a match was extended Friday through 2022.
FIFA can now apply the policy at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
“The decision follows a global analysis of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on football,” the International Football Association Board said in a statement.
The interim rule was introduced last May to help players avoid injury and ease their workload. They resumed playing in a congested schedule after a near-total shutdown of the sport because of the pandemic.