FA Cup set to introduce concussion substitute trial this season

The Guardian

Paul Macinnes

November 2010

Burnley’s goalkeeper Nick Pope goes through the concussion protocol with medical staff after a blow to the head in Monday’s game with Crystal Palace.Photograph: Jack Phillips/JMP/Shutterstock
Burnley’s goalkeeper Nick Pope goes through the concussion protocol with medical staff after a blow to the head in Monday’s game with Crystal Palace. Photograph: Jack Phillips/JMP/Shutterstock
The FA is to fast track trials of concussion substitutes in this season’s , following their approval by an expert International FA Board panel.

An Ifab committee has given its assent to the use of additional permanent substitutes in the event of a player being concussed during a match. The recommendation will go before Ifab chiefs at their annual business meeting next month.

It is expected that trials will be approved without reservation and the English FA, which holds a seat on the Ifab board, quickly revealed its support for the plans. A spokesperson said: “The FA will support the proposal at the meeting on 16 December with a view to implementing the trials at the earliest possible stages of the FA Cup and Women’s FA Cup.”

Trials of concussion substitutes had been expected to be implemented last season but the Covid-19 pandemic caused a suspension of the plans.


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