The FA and Premier League released the following joint statement on Friday January 29.

The Football Association and the Premier League have successfully applied to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to introduce additional permanent concussion substitutions trials across the Premier League, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship and Emirates FA Cup.

The dates for the introduction of the trials include:

  • Premier League - from February 6, 2021
  • Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship - from February 6, 2021
  • Emirates FA Cup - from the fifth round (February 9-11, 2021)

With player welfare the priority, the protocols will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number. The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team has made already.

The trial is a result of the IFAB’s consultation with stakeholders and recommendations from their concussion expert group to allow additional substitutions for players with actual or suspected concussion.