FIFA add third sub to World Cup rules

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 1994, 12:00am

TEAMS will be allowed to use three substitutes in the World Cup finals following changes to the laws of soccer agreed by FIFA and the International Board.

The main stipulation of the new ruling is that one of the substitutes must be a goalkeeper who can only be used to replace the goalkeeper already on the field. Up to now only two substitutes have been allowed.

The board agreed to continue with the present ruling under law three which allows a goalkeeper who is sent off to be replaced by the substitute goalkeeper, ostensibly the replacement for an out-field player.

But there were no changes made to law 11 - the off-side law.

Instead, following submissions from both the English and Scottish Football Associations, a working party will be established to study the effects the new back pass law is having on the interpretation of off-side.

Any proposals will be considered at the International Board's next annual meeting with FIFA in Glasgow in March 1995.

The experiment with kick-ins replacing throw-ins - so far limited to youth level - is to continue and will be examined in more depth over the length of a season, probably using a senior non-professional league in Britain.

FIFA is to also issue warnings following concern over the recent spate of injuries caused to players through the use of elbows and reckless play.