The International Football Associations Board [IFAB] has approved the use of five substitutes per game instead of three.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed that the decision was taken after the board’s annual meeting, eNCA confirmed.

The substitute change was started in 2020 due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic but has received strong support from the football community.

As reported by The Daily Star, FIFA are also considering using a “semi-automatic offside” detection or robot at the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The system monitors 29 data points on the limbs of footballers which creates a skeletal, three-dimensional model. This can be reviewed pitch side by the referee to see if a player is offside or onside.

The system had been trialed at the FIFA Arab Cup and the Club World Cup. 

As well as making the five substitutes per game rule permanent, the board has also announced that teams can name 15 substitutes on a team sheet instead of the usual 12.