KNVB follows line from IFAB and will allow five changes next season NOW


Clubs in the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division may apply five substitutions per game next season. As expected, the KNVB follows the line of the international rules of the game IFAB.

The rule change was made a few months ago to relieve players after the resumption of the season interrupted by the corona crisis. Since many leagues have only come to a standstill this summer and players have little recovery time, IFAB decided earlier this month to maintain the five substitutes.

National federations are free to decide whether to agree to the rule change, so it was not yet completely certain that the Dutch clubs may also change five times. The KNVB announced on Thursday that it would simply follow the IFAB line.

The Dutch clubs may not only use the two extra substitutes in the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division, but also in the TOTO KNVB Cup and the playoffs for European football.

A sixth substitution is allowed in overtime

To avoid stopping the game too often, only three switch points can be used; the rest does not count as a moment of change. In the event of an extension, a sixth substitution may be applied and there will also be a fourth substitution moment.

Where the competitions in England, Spain, Germany and Italy, among others, are or will be completed, the Eredivisie season was ended in April. The Dutch clubs played their last league game in March, but have now started preparing for the coming season.

In August, many exhibition games are scheduled, after which the Eredivisie starts on the weekend of September 12 and 13. FC Utrecht-AZ is the first game of the new season on that Saturday (kick-off at 4.30 pm).

View the program in the Eredivisie


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