The International Football Association Board [IFAB] has announced it’s approval for trials of an additional permanent head injury substitute.
The FA has confirmed that it will start the process of applying to the IFAB to introduce these trials at the earliest practical opportunity across the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship.
The FA stated that: Working within the guidelines set out by the IFAB, we will work with the clubs involved in these competitions to ensure they are able to support their players and medical teams during the implementation of this trial.
This new trial will enable all teams in these competitions to promote and raise awareness for our Concussion Guidelines, including the ‘If In Doubt, Sit Them Out’ policy, and will empower medical teams to make player-centred decisions of removal from the field. We will continue to work with our stakeholders across football to help support players, clubs and medical teams when identifying and managing head injuries during a game.