Friday 28 April 2017

Fourth substitute to be used in next season's FA Cup

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 11: The fourth official holds up to announce the substitution during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between Wales and Slovakia at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 11, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 11: The fourth official holds up to announce the substitution during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between Wales and Slovakia at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 11, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

The Football Association is trialling a new format that will allow teams to make a fourth substitution during extra-time from the quarter-finals onwards of next season's FA Cup.

The rule change, which is subject to approval from the game's law-makers the International Football Association Board (IFAB), will see teams who have made all three changes during the 90 minutes of a quarter-final, semi-final or final tie permitted one extra during the additional period.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said on www.thefa.com: "With the cup now adopting a straight knock-out format from the quarter-finals onwards, the introduction of a fourth substitute in extra time will bring extra intrigue and interest."

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