ISLAMABAD: FIFA’s rule makers could decide this month to let teams use a fourth substitute in extra time.
The idea could take effect in July if the proposal is passed at a meeting of the International Football Association Board, known as IFAB, in Northern Ireland on February 28, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter surprised IFAB members in Brazil when he launched that idea last June at the governing body’s congress in Sao Paulo.
Designed to help teams cope with tired and injured players in the extra 30 minutes of play, the plan has been supported by World Cup-winning Germany coach Joachim Loew.
It’s the most high-profile decision set to be taken by IFAB, which will also begin discussions about the potential use of video replays to aid refereeing discussions.
Other items of discussion included on the agenda include whether to relax a “triple punishment” rule where a defender can make a challenge that results in a penalty kick, a red card and suspension.
Other ongoing talks and trials include “sin bins” in youth football to sideline players for several minutes as a replacement for some red-card offences.