Rule makers table proposal for 10-minute ‘concussion subs’

September 23 – In a radical development, 10-minute “concussion subs” are set to be introduced by football’s lawmaking body to mirror the success of similar changes in rugby in an attempt to improve player safety.

The October the advisory meeting of the International Football Association Board will address the idea of extending the current three-minute check for a suspected concussion to a mandatory 10-minute test, potentially allowing for a temporary substitute.

The ten-minute subs rule is already in full effect in both rugby union and rugby league, as well as the NFL. In cricket, if a player suffers a concussion, a replacement is allowed for the rest of the match.

No actual change in football can happen until the summer after the main annual IFAB session, set for Scotland in March next year.

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