Five Substitute Rule: Game Changer for World Cup 2022

Catapult Sports Scientist, Hannah Pitt recently hosted a Q&A webinar, titled ‘Five Substitute Rule is a Game Changer for World Cup 2022’. The webinar explored the impact of The International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) decision to allow World Cup teams to make five substitutions per game, instead of the traditional three.

About the World Cup 2022 Five Substitute Rule Change

For some time, there have been calls to introduce changes that will better protect players from the demands of an increasingly attritional sport. Interestingly, the English Premier League introduced the same five-substitute rule for the 2022/23 season. 

For the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has approved the use of five substitutions per game.

So during each match, teams will be permitted to use five substitutes, to be made on three occasions with an additional opportunity at halftime. As a result of this rule change, teams can list 15 players on the bench each match and bring 26 squad members to the tournament rather than the 23 previously allowed.

By watching this Q&A webinar you will learn

During the webinar, Hannah questions vastly experienced UEFA Sports Scientist, Chris Barnes. Before his time with UEFA, Barnes worked at Middlesbrough FC, the RFL, West Brom, QPR, and Nottingham Forest. 

Today, the vastly experienced Sports Scientist, Barnes offers guidance on how technologies, data, and coaching practices can best support practitioners in evaluating how to most effectively embrace this five-sub rule change. By watching you will learn:

  • How the rule change could impact players in this year’s World Cup.
  • The significance of periodised training plans.
  • How athlete monitoring technology can help to mitigate costly injuries.
  • Why real-time pitch-side analysis is the future of football performance.


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“The 2022 World Cup in Qatar offers a great platform to test the five substitute rule’s effectiveness regarding player health and well-being. Since competing nations are faced with high fixture density coupled with potentially challenging climatic conditions,” said Barnes. 

Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the increased number of player substitutions is debated across the context of the biggest tournament in the World.

Catapult is working with 18 teams at the 2022 World Cup – including Argentina, England, and France. We are excited to see how together we can maximise the benefit of five substitutes on the world’s biggest sports stage. In doing so, our customer success team members will be right there with them in Qatar. In addition, our support team will be helping across the globe.

Catapult teams at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Wales at the World Cup

One of the teams who used Catapult’s technology at World Cup 2022 was the Wales National team. Ahead of the Qatari-based tournament, we recorded a webinar titled, ‘Wales at the 2022 World Cup: Preparation, Expectations, Challenges’.

This webinar featured Tony Strudwick, Football Association of Wales’ Head of Performance, who provided insights into an international team’s sports performance set-up, and Wales’ approach to major tournaments.

To learn more about and access this webinar, click here.

More about the Five Substitute Rule Change: Report

For those looking to learn more about the five substitute rule change, we recently released a free World Cup report. 2022 World Cup report: How The Five Substitute Rule Will Impact World Cup Competition.

You can download your free copy of the report by clicking here.

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