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Fourth substitution to be introduced at AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019

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12th October 2018

Fourth substitution to be introduced at AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019

The biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup in history will have another new landmark element with the introduction of a fourth substitution in extra-time.

The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Executive Committee approved the recommendation to align the AFC’s national teams competitions with the latest amendments to the Laws of the Game (LOTG) announced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

The AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “The entire Continent is eagerly awaiting Asia’s most prestigious tournament and it is, therefore, essential that the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 adopts the latest regulations as we strive to stage a truly unforgettable spectacle.

“I am confident the new regulations will add to the excitement of Asia’s flagship national team competition and further strengthen the AFC’s ambitions to be the world’s leading Confederation.

The updated regulations will also come into force during the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship which will take place in Indonesia next week from October 18 to November 4, 2018 as well as the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2019 and the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.

The amended Law 3 of the LOTG stipulates: “The competition rules must state whether one additional substitute may be used when a match goes into extra-time (whether or not the team has already used the full number of permitted substitutes).

Since the IFAB’s announcement, the implementation of the new regulations was unanimously approved by the Organising Committee of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, the AFC Women’s Football Committee as well as the AFC Competitions Committee, who also approved the proposal of using a fourth substitution in extra-time for the AFC Cup and AFC Champions League next year.

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About the AFC Asian Cup:

The AFC Asian Cup is the pinnacle international team tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) every four years to determine the champion of Asia. The competition is the second-oldest continental football championship (after the Copa America) and was first held in 1956. The AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019TM expands the number of participating nations from 16 to 24, making it the biggest tournament ever.

The 2019 tournament will be the second time the UAE has hosted the event, after successfully staging the finals in 1996. The Asian Cup UAE 2019 runs from 5 January to 1 February 2019, with 51 matches being played in eight world class stadiums located across four host cities - Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

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