FIFA to trial concussion subs during next month's Club World Cup

FIFA to trial concussion substitutes during next month’s Club World Cup in Qatar with one permanent replacement allowed for head injuries

  • Football’s rule-making body IFAB gave go-ahead for concussion substitute trials
  • Club World Cup in Qatar will be used to experiment with new procedures
  • Concussion sub can take place regardless of how many changes are made 

FIFA will trial concussion substitutes at next month’s Club World Cup in Qatar, revealed the governing body on Friday.

The decision comes after the game’s rule-making body IFAB gave the go-ahead to additional trials last month.

The trial at the Club World Cup, which will be held from February 1-11, will allow one permanent concussion replacement in cases of head injuries. 

Bayern Munich and the other Club World Cup sides will be able to make concussion substitutes

The substitution can go ahead regardless of the number of changes a team has made already.

The Premier League are hoping to introduce concussion substitutes later this month, while FIFA is also ready to trial the system at this year’s Olympic Games.

FIFA said teams participating in the Club World Cup are also permitted to make up to five substitutions per game rather than three.

This is a rule brought in to protect player welfare amid COVID-19 related fixture congestion.

However, teams will only have three opportunities to make changes during the game and also at half time.

European champions Bayern Munich and Qatari side Al-Duhail, who qualify through being hosts, are confirmed for the competition with the other sides yet to be decided. 

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