IFAB has extended the option for competitions to keep using five substitutions for the 2020-21 season.
The international football association board, under the FIFA management says five-substitute rule can remain in place until August 2021
Due to the COVID19 effects, teams are allowed to make five substitutions in a match, and IFAB recently made it that it will remain the same until end of the 2020-21.
it is now up to individual leagues and competitions to decide if they wish to continue allowing five substitutions, the World football’s governing body says.
Accordung to BBC, Fifa said “player welfare” was pivotal in its decision to keep the rule. “Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season,”
“For many competitions, the 2020-21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.”
This decision was initially made during the coronavirus shutdown in order to protect players from potential injuries when play resumed due to short period of time play.