Groups might be allowed to make a fourth substitution if their matches go into extra-time throughout subsequent yr’s Asian Cup finals, the Asian Soccer Confederation mentioned on Friday.
Soccer’s law-making physique, Worldwide Soccer Affiliation Board (IFAB), earlier this yr authorised using a fourth substitute throughout extra-time and the rule proved to be successful throughout the World Cup in Russia.
“The whole continent is eagerly awaiting Asia’s most prestigious match and it’s, subsequently, important that the AFC Asian Cup adopts the newest laws,” AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa mentioned in a press release.
“I’m assured it can add to the joy of Asia’s flagship nationwide workforce competitors and additional strengthen the AFC’s ambitions to be the world’s main confederation.”
The regional governing physique mentioned the brand new laws will even be in place throughout this month’s AFC under-19 championship in Indonesia in addition to subsequent yr’s AFC under-19 girls’s championship and the 2020 AFC under-23 championship.
Final month, AFC mentioned it could introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system on the Asian Cup.
The prolonged 2019 Asian Cup will see 24 groups participating for the primary time, up from the 16 that competed within the final 4 editions. The match kicks off within the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 5.