What do you think about this decision?FIFA limit friendly substiutions
Football's rule-makers today set a limit of six substitutes as a maximum in international friendlies.
The limit was forced through at a meeting of the International Football Association Board despite strong opposition from the English FA and England head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.
FIFA had originally wanted to impose a maximum of five substitutes but agreed to compromise at the meeting in London today.
The rule change will be formally announced later today along with several other changes by the game's rule-making body.
Sven-Goran Eriksson and the Football Association had faced an uphill struggle in their attempt to persuade FIFA to drop the change after the Irish Football Association indicated they would back the proposal from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Irish FA chairman Jim Boyce said Thursday: 'I personally believe that there should not be more than five substitutes, otherwise it is a total farce with people running on and off the pitch all the time.
'People pay good money to watch friendlies and if you have a situation with numerous substitutes it completely devalues the game.
'I have said this for many years but I will listen to the discussions tomorrow and see what comes out of that.'
Eriksson, who has changed his entire team during friendlies in the past, had contacted several other international coaches including Italy's Giovanni Trapattoni and France's Jacques Santini to enlist their support.
Each home nation has a voting place on the IFAB with FIFA also having four votes. Any rule change needs at least six of the eight votes to become law.
With Boyce expected to side with FIFA on the substitutes issue, it meant if either the Scottish or the Welsh representative - who are both understood to be waiting to hear the arguments before deciding - agreed on a limit then a rule change would go through.
Eriksson, whose decision to make 11 substitutions against Australia last year first drew Blatter's attention to the issue, has made his feelings clear to the FIFA president in a telephone conversation recently.
FIFA's submission to the IFAB said: 'The practice of making large numbers of substitutions in friendly matches devalues the game and creates a farcical situation. The number of substitutes used in friendly matches must be controlled.'
I'm happy that the friendly games wont be ruined by substitutions in the future.
I can't see how substituting the whole team can be helpful to a coach. 6 substituions should be enough to try out new players.