MLS & NWSL implementing Concussion substitutions
Soccer leagues in the United States say concussions are an issue in the sport.
That’s why Major League Soccer along with other leagues are taking part in a pilot program to implement concussion substitutions, starting this year. The protocols were approved by FIFA and the International Football Association Board, which oversees rule changes in the game. The Association Board set a 20-month trial to test the initiative in competitions around the world. Teams will be allowed to make up to two substitutions per game to replace players suffering from a concussion or suspected concussion, despite how many substitutions a team has already used. The National Women’s Soccer League is also taking part.