The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has agreed to draw up protocols for substitution trials to address concussion incidents.
This decision which could eventually impact Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham has been made following feedback from the recent meeting of the Concussion Expert Group (CEG).
IFAB have agreed that they will now undertake more research on the matter before proposing potential changes to the Laws of the Game moving forward.
FIFA has indicated an interest in having substitution trials at the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Games football tournament in July 2020. Other competitions would also be able to take part in the trials.
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Irish Football Association chief executive Patrick Nelson, who was present at IFAB’s annual general meeting said: “We agreed it would be a sensible move to draw up some protocols for trials for potential additional substitutes in cases of concussion.
“FIFA have expressed strong interest in being part of trials at the Olympics. More research data is needed before we could consider any permanent changes to the laws.”It appears likely that permanent substitutions would be the preferred option rather than a temporary substitution while a longer 10-minute assessment is carried out. The current assessment period for concussion is three minutes.
“If there is any doubt you have to keep the player out, and for the coach to have another possibility, they know there is an additional substitution. Often we were criticised for being slow (on concussion). Now, we move, we try, and then we’ll see.”
Meanwhile, IFAB also agreed to consult relevant stakeholders on a couple of other key issues. One of those is the decision to review ‘the offside Law to foster the spirit of attacking play’.
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