FIFA, the international governing body of football, continues to introduce the innovations relating to the upcoming World Cup 2018. After the meeting held in the Columbian Bogota, FIFA Board has ruled that the coaches of the teams are going to have the right to perform the 4th additional substitution during the play-off stages of the event.
It should be noted that the corresponding substitution may be performed only in case of an extra time period — two 15-minute halves.
Earlier, the International Football Association Board approved the introduction of the 4th-Substitute-in-Extra-Time rule in 2016. The FA Cup along with the German DFB Cup were the first official competitions to implement a new feature. Chelsea from the English Premier League is the current cup holder of the FA Cup.
Besides the new substitution regulations, this Mundial will have the VAR system implemented, which has been officially approved by FIFA earlier. The video replay is aimed at assisting referees during controversial game moments.
According to the draw results, the national team of Nigeria was allocated to the Group D. The first rival for the Nigerian squad will be Croatia on June 16 at Kaliningrad Stadium. Then, the team will meet Iceland on June 22 in Volgograd.
Vladimir Vladimirov, the governor of Stavropol, has announced that the team from Nigeria will be housed in the apartments at one of the best health resorts in the district.
According to him, Stavropol is ready for the major sports event.
“We are currently searching for volunteers, while at the same time we are making our utmost to improve their English and Portuguese language skills. Top security is guaranteed to all the athletes — we’ve invested 138 million roubles (~$2.4 million) in order to make teams’ training centres safe enough.”
The World Cup 2018 matches will be held from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums all over Russia. The Nigerian team will have access to five training facilities during the cup.