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Five substitutions to be made permanent

The use of five substitutes will be introduced into the laws of the game when football’s lawmakers, the International Football Association Board, meet on Monday in Doha.

The substitution rule was first brought in because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The IFAB said the five changes per team would continue to be allowed to be made in no more than three opportunities, excluding any changes made at half-time.

A potential sixth substitution would be allowed if a match went into extra time.

Further discussions, and possible decisions, on concussion substitutes and semi-automated offside technology will also be on the agenda of governing body IFAB.

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