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The IFAB rejects the proposal to have a 25-minute halftime to allow “Superbowl” style shows

Football lawmakers have rejected a proposal to extend half-time breaks, but it seems likely that the option of making five substitutions will become permanent.

The South American football federation, CONMEBOL, wanted half-time to be extended to 25 minutes, to allow the possibility of concerts and other entertainment during the intermission of major matches.

However, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has rejected attempts to retort the Superbowl by turning the halftime into an event in itself.

“Several members shared their concerns, in particular regarding the potential negative impact on player well-being and safety resulting from a longer period of inactivity,” said an IFAB statement.

The use of five replacements could however become permanent, after it was decided that a final decision would be taken at the IFAB Annual General Meeting in March.

The rule was originally introduced in May 2020, to help manage the workload of players, who had to deal with busy schedules after football returned during the pandemic.

It has since been extended and the interim rule is in place until the end of 2022, but there is a good chance it will become permanent in March.

While the IFAB has recommended the move to five substitutions, Premier League clubs have voted three times to prevent the increase from becoming permanent.


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