BUENOS AIRES ( Associated Press) — CONMEBOL has complained to FIFA for not consulting it before making permanent the five-substitution rule that had been temporarily put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The governing body of soccer in South America said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision “was adopted without a consultation process that clearly would have enriched the debate.”
Without clarifying its position on the rule, CONMEBOL regretted that none of the ten associations in South America “was asked for an opinion or analysis on this issue” and warned that “if the changes that have global effects in our sport are decided in Unilaterally they can generate irritation and misgivings”.
The rule of five changes per soccer team was adopted in 2020 to take care of the health of the players when the coronavirus was spreading throughout the world and a vaccine had not yet been found.
On Monday, the International Association Football Board (IFAB), an organization made up of FIFA and in charge of defining the rules of world football, decided to permanently include the five changes in the regulations.
At the same time, the maximum number of substitutes was increased from 12 to 15.
CONMEBOL, which recently had several disagreements with FIFA, believed that the decision without consultation on the five changes “is an exclusive practice that has been repeated in recent times and that causes great concern.”
“A more competitive football, of higher quality, inclusive and with sports justice will be the work of all, in a framework of cooperation, plurality and free exchange of ideas and experiences,” warned the entity based in Paraguay.