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Temporary Amendment to Law 3

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on daily life, including sport, around the world. As many countries begin to emerge from this situation, the focus is slowly turning to the resumption of football competitions that have been affected by the virus. When competitions resume, matches may be played in a condensed period (e.g. to reduce the impact on future competitions) and in different weather conditions, both of which could have an impact on player welfare.
Consequently, The IFAB has approved FIFA’s proposal to introduce a temporary amendment to Law 3 – The Players relating to the maximum number of permitted substitutions (details below and on page 3) for competitions scheduled to be completed in 2020, whether or not they have already started.
Competition organisers have discretion as to whether or not to apply this temporary amendment. The IFAB and FIFA will determine at a later stage whether this option will need to be extended, e.g. to competitions due to be completed in 2021.
Law 3 – The Players – temporary amendment
The exact wording can be found on page 3 of this document, but in summary:
– Each team will be permitted to use a maximum of five substitutes.
– To reduce disruption to the match, each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game; substitutions may also be made at half-time.
– If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.
– Unused substitutions and opportunities are carried forward into extra time.
– Where competition rules allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams will each have one additional substitution opportunity; substitutions may also be made before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.
NB: the use of return substitutes is not an option for senior competitions.
The IFAB also takes this opportunity to draw competition organisers’ attention to existing options within the Laws of the Game concerning the welfare and safety of the players and other participants, in particular those related to drinks breaks and cooling breaks contained in Law 7.
Competitions in which video assistant referees (VARs) are implemented are permitted to cease their use upon their restart, at the discretion of the competition organiser. However, where VARs are used, all aspects of the Laws of the Game and, by extension, the VAR protocol will remain in place.
Competitions eligible to use the temporary amendment to Law 3, or any of the other existing options, do not require permission from The IFAB to do so.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Laws of the Game 2020/21
The Laws of the Game 2020/21 come into force for competitions (and non-competition matches) as from 1 June 2020, but competitions suspended because of COVID-19 have the option of completing the competition using the Laws of the Game 2019/20 or the Laws of the
Game 2020/21, even if the restart is after 1 June 2020. ‘Friendly/warm-up/practice’ matches in preparation for the restart of the competition should use the version of the Laws that will be used when the competition restarts.



Vacancy – Secretary General

Football is Botswana’s most popular sport by far: the game of the people. This is a position that will put you in the spotlight and challenge you, like no other. Botswana Football Association (BFA) is the supreme authority on matters of football in the country, and controls all aspects of the game. It is affiliated to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Confederation of African Football (CAF), and Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA).

The BFA seeks to recruit a Secretary General, who will lead and manage the operations of the Association, and drive mission to promote and develop the game of football across the country.

You will report to the President of the BFA as well as being responsible to the Executive Committee. Responsibilities will include: directing the BFA to deliver its commercial objectives including consolidating and growing existing revenue streams (especially broadcast and sponsorship) as well as identifying and exploiting new income steams; attending Exco meetings and providing a detailed overview on the operations and performance of the BFA; building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders; developing and implementing strategies aimed at promoting and developing football in the country; developing and leading structures to help secure the success of national teams at all levels; ensuring sound financial management and cost control; leading the communication & PR strategy; leading major projects at national and international level; and serving on committees and football bodies as appropriate across the country and, where required, within the confederation and worldwide.

A Botswana citizen you will need a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Commerce or related field, and have proven experience of succeeding in a high profile, complex, multi-stakeholder organisation. Proven success in football administration, business development, and revenue generation will be advantageous.

To progress your interest please visit where you can download a more detailed advert for the position. To register your application, enclose your curriculum vitae. Closing date for applications is Friday, 12 February 2021.

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