The FA is planning to introduce a fourth substitute in the FA Cup starting from next season, it has been revealed.
Teams will be allowed to use a fourth substitute in the 2016/17 FA Cup starting from the quarter finals, semifinals and finals.
The fourth substitution will only be when allowed when a team has exhausted all its three substitutions and may only occur if the game stretches into extra time.
The new system is coming on the heels of a similar system that was tested at this summer’s Copa America and the FA has decided to trial it starting from next season’s FA Cup.
The FA is trying to make the competition as appealing as possible but the new rule will need to be approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), world football’s rule-making body.
Chief Executive of the FA, Martin Glenn says the intention of introducing the new rule is to make the competition more dynamic and interesting.
“The Emirates FA Cup is renowned for its great history and tradition but, as the game’s governing body, it is important The FA continues to look at how it can further add to the drama and spectacle of a competition loved by millions around the world,” Glenn was quoted on the Daily Mail.
“With the cup now adopting a straight knock-out format from the quarter-finals onwards, the introduction of a fourth substitute in extra time will bring extra intrigue and interest.”