FIFA May Allow Use of Fourth Substitute in Extra Time

FIFA is eyeing numerous rule changes, including goal-line technology.

Allowing a fourth substitute if a game goes to extra time would be a change that has a huge impact, though, according to The Associated Press.

FIFA is considering eight changes to its current rules. The proposed changes to current laws of the game will be discussed on March 3 and July 2 of this year.

While goal-line technology certainly is the main headline, the allowance of one extra substitute in extra time could have a major impact in FIFA games.

In the 2006 World Cup, Zinedine Zidane was sent off in the final during extra time. France had to work with the 10 men they had on the field after the 110th minute, when Zidane was shown a red card. If France had wanted to go on the attack instead of sitting back and defending for the final 10 minutes, it could have used an extra substitute to try and win the game before going to penalties.

During any FIFA match, this potential amendment could turn out to be an immense change, though.

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