The ex polish international has complained about FIFA decisions
Five changes and VAR with the same rules. Zibi Boniek, President of the Polish Football Federation, has raised his voice of protest. Not that there were any doubts about the okay to the proposals made by FIFA on April 27, but the officialness of the International Board was needed. The okay has arrived. The Bundesliga could be the first to experiment with the news. Changes and VAR Two issues on the agenda: the increase in replacements and the VAR.
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1). 5 changes are possible to know (6 in the case of extra time) instead of the usual 3 (which became 4 in the 120 ‘), in response to the potential physical burden for footballers in the eventual post-virus restart.
2). The possibility of suspending the VAR (confirmed by the rules even in the preCovid era) is confirmed. If the video is used, however, the protocol must always be respected. The one on the VAR seems an unnecessary clarification: it is instead an implicit message to those who had hypothesized a “light” one for the emergency. No half measures: full Var or nothing.
.. and temporary The five changes are in fact temporary. The new rule will be applicable in tournaments in progress in 2020, or whose end is however expected by December 31st.
The Board left a window for a possible extension until the end of 2021, as proposed by FIFA. It will have to be evaluated on the basis of calendars and needs. In practice: current championships and Champions can use the 5/6 changes, for those of next year it will depend on the situation.
In case, the European Championship will also be able to increase the substitutions if UEFA (who has not yet commented) will give the okay. The reason the sense of novelty is clear. Cups and championships, in case of recovery, will have to concentrate in a couple of months (or a little more) all the matches of the season finale.
Every 3 days
Moreover, playing every three days in the unusual climate of late summer, risking fatigue and injuries. The increase in substitutions can help reduce risks and protect the health of players.
The mechanism in 90 ‘Question: how does the new rule actually apply? Let’s start with the 90-minute games. Possible 5 substitutions but in three “slots”, so as to prevent the change from becoming a tactical weapon to break the game or waste time. Three “slots” means a maximum of three exchange moments. Maximum. Nothing prevents, hypothetically, that a coach makes five substitutions all at once, or 1 + 1 + 3, or 2 + 3 … The possibilities are numerous.
Clarification: a change in the interval, with the game stopped, is not counted in the three “slots” allowed. The mechanism in 120 ‘A fourth change is already allowed in overtime. From know, the possible replacements will, therefore, become 6 in 120 ‘.
There is always the option that a technician maintain the same eleven in the regular time and, once extra time, make 6 changes. Provided, however, that you always use four allowed “slots” (plus the intervals between the various times). Bonus in contracts now the debate begins on who will be favoured.
There is no doubt that a team with a long bench, and more talented solutions, has a theoretical advantage from the increase in exchange rates. But a “physical” team – in environmental situations where muscles and lungs will play a crucial role – could, in turn, benefit from the inclusion of a “competitive spirit” prevailing over the technique.
Finally, there is a contractual aspect, so far overlooked, to which the presidents could be very attentive: many contracts provide bonuses related to attendance. The five changes can earn more players …
Voluntary changes … The increase in exchange rates is simply “authorized”. We are talking about a non-mandatory modification to article 3. Tournament organizers will decide whether to apply it or not.
The FIGC will do this, always on the front line in asking for more substitutions: approval in the next Council. Spain has also gone unbalanced in a positive sense. It can be imagined that the majority of tournaments will accept the proposal, as technicians ask. But the thought is not “unique”.
Boniek no to changes
Meanwhile Boniek attacks FIFA: “With 5 changes it’s not football” – Zibì Boniek, President of the Polish Football Federation, and member of Executive committee of UEFA, attacked FIFA for the choice of the 5 changes:
“We won’t adopt it in the Polish championship. So it’s not football. It is a decision without any foundation, adopted only for populism by those who obviously do not know how a football game works, and only to please the external pressures “.