Leagues given option to scrap VAR when competition resumes
The EPL adopted the VAR for the 2019-2020 season and its use has been criticized by players, managers and fans after a multitude of controversial decisions.
With matches taking place behind closed doors and other severe restrictions in place, football lawmakers have made a series of temporary changes to their rules, giving leagues the discretion to stop VAR.
FIFA world governing body and the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which sets the rules, issued new guidelines before the restart of the Bundesliga next week, along with the EPL, the Spanish Liga and the Italian Serie A .
“With regard to the competitions in which the video assistant referee system (VAR) is implemented, these competitions are authorized to cease their use upon restart at the discretion of each competition organizer,” said a press release.
“However, when VAR is used, all aspects of the laws of the game and, by extension, the VAR protocol will remain in place.”
Five authorized substitutes
The other major temporary rule change will allow each team to make up to five substitutions per game, an amendment that will be allowed in all competitions that end before the end of 2020.
The changes, which are designed to protect the well-being of players with a likely heavy game schedule as the leagues catch up, will only allow teams three times, excluding half-time, d ” use the substitute compliment.
Currently, only a maximum of three substitutes can be used.
“The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect and was carried out because matches can be played in a condensed period under different weather conditions, which could have an impact on the well-being of players,” said IFAB. and FIFA.
All major European leagues have been suspended for several weeks, but a number are still hoping to finish the 2019-2020 season, with the Champions League and the Europa League also over.
The IFAB and FIFA will decide later whether the temporary modifications should be extended for the competitions which should end in 2021 as football battles to adapt to the coronavirus crisis.