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As of: 01/18/2023 5:20 p.m

The IFAB’s football rule-keepers want referees to announce the decision via their microphone to fans in the stadium and on television as a test during a video review. Temporary transfers for concussion were denied.

The rule-keepers of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) decided on the procedure at their meeting on Wednesday (January 18, 2023) at London’s Wembley Stadium. FIFA wants to use the test procedure at the Club World Cup in Morocco. The tournament will take place from February 1st to 11th and Real Madrid will be represented from Europe. The test procedure could also be used at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in the summer. The referees should use their microphone to announce the decision to the stadium and TV audience. However, the radio traffic between the referee and the video assistant is not published.

Alex Feuerherdt from the referee podcast Collinas Erben doubts that this step will lead to significantly more transparency. “The referees will hardly be able to explain their decisions in detail, but have to be short and precise. But if they only verbally reproduce what is on the scoreboard, it would not be a big improvement. You would have to follow the conversation between the referee and the VAR can,” said Feuerherdt in an interview with the sports show.

Measures against time wasting: More overtime as advocated in Qatar

Suggestions were also made at the meeting to curb time wasting. The practice of the men’s World Cup with longer stoppage times was advocated. The suggestion to stop time on certain stoppages such as goals, substitutions or VAR checks was rejected.

The IFAB advises and decides the general football rules for all divisions – not the world association FIFA. When voting on rule changes, FIFA generally holds four of the eight votes, with the four British associations from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland having the other four votes.

No testing for temporary changes in head injuries

Former Hertha goalkeeper Marcel Lotka suffered a concussion during a game in Dortmund in 2022.

The majority of the IFAB board spoke out against testing temporary substitutions if players suspected of having a concussion. FIFPRO, the international players’ union, together with the world association of leagues, the World Leagues Forum (WLF), declared in mid-December that they wanted temporary changes to be tested and sent a corresponding letter to the IFAB.

The English Premier League and the French Ligue 1 from the 2023/24 season as well as the Major League Soccer from the USA, which starts in February, had signaled their willingness to test temporary changes. These will not take place now, the IFAB continues to only allow permanent changes in a test procedure that has been extended without a time limit. “We want to first see what can be improved on the previous test procedure before we try a completely new approach,” said IFAB Managing Director Lukas Brud in an interview with the sports show.

IFAB insists on safety because of delayed symptoms

The IFAB is sticking to its previous view that only permanent changes really guarantee the safety of the players. In the case of concussions, some symptoms only appear after up to 72 hours, so it is too risky to come on again, according to the IFAB. Concussions are potentially life threatening from a second blow to the head.

FIFPRO and the World League Forum spoke of a “big disappointment”. The English players’ union, the PFA, said through one of its medics: “The IFAB members have yet again missed an opportunity to introduce what we believe is a valuable tool to protect players’ welfare.”

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