FIFA has suggested increasing the maximum number of subsitutions to five when football is deemed safe to return.
Top-flight leagues across Europe are stepping up plans to resume within weeks and players face the possibility of numerous games within a short space of time.
To ease the strain of fixture congestion following such a lengthy lay-off, world football’s governing body has proposed that teams be allowed two extra substitutions during matches.
The proposal is subject to the approval of the game’s law-making body the International Football Association Board, and it will be up to indidivual associations whether they want to implement it.
“When competitions resume, such competitions are likely to face a congested match calendar with a higher-than-normal frequency of matches played in consecutive weeks,” a FIFA spokesperson said.
“Safety of the players is one of FIFA’s main priority then. One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload.
“In light of this and in light of the unique challenge faced globally in delivering competitions according to the originally foreseen calendar, FIFA proposes that a larger number of substitutions be temporarily allowed at the discretion of the relevant competition organiser.
“In competitions where less than five substitutions are currently allowed, each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions during the match, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time, where relevant.”
Teams will still only be allowed three stoppages, plus half-time, to make the changes, in order to avoid slowing the game down.
And while temporary, the measure would last for the duration of the 2020/21 season.
The Times claims the Premier League has drawn up ‘Project Restart’ with proposals for the competition to resume on June 8 and end on July 27.
On Sunday, it was announced that Serie A clubs can resume full training on May 18 in Italy, one of the worst-hit countries by coronavirus, with the idea of playing matches by the beginning of next month.