FIFA expert says extra year rule means ‘higher quality football’ in Qatar

Former AC Milan and Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Wednesday said the implementation of the five-man substitution rule had “changed the game”, leading to a higher quality of World Cup matches. Speaking in Doha as part of FIFA’s technical research team that analyzes tactics and trends at the World Cup, Zaccheroni said the change was “a great way to avoid fatigue”. “(Now) we manage to be of higher quality until the end of the game. Many goals were scored at the end of the game, now it is more difficult,” he said.

“Now we see good games until the last minute.”

The International Football Association Board approved a temporary exemption in May 2020 to allow domestic leagues to expand the maximum number of substitutions from three to five, in order to help keep players safe in the tournament. Covid epidemic.

The rules were made permanent in July 2022 and were first applied at the World Cup in Qatar.

Zaccheroni – who won the Scudetto in his first season in charge of Milan and won the Asian Cup with Japan in 2011 – says the change is an advantage for teams with stronger squad depth.

“If you have a sturdy bench, a nice bench, all the better,” he told AFP.

“If you have players of the same quality on the bench (like on the pitch), you can win.”

Zaccheroni pointed to the match between the Netherlands and Senegal, where he was substituted in the second half Davy Klaassen and Memphis Depay combined to score the match score in stoppage time.

“In the second half, the Netherlands put two midfielders on the field. Quality players worked together to score the last goal.

“They changed the game.”

Zaccheroni, who has coached for nearly four decades at the highest level, said the change was good for the fans.

“As fans, we also love beautiful football. At this World Cup, we get to watch beautiful football for 90 minutes.”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)

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