The A-League has introduced a new rule which would allow a team to win on the basis of having the least amount of players collapsing on the field due to heart issues.
Under the new rule, teams would be allowed to forfeit if too many players collapse from heart attacks during the game, however the opposing side would be awarded the win and the three points. Forfeit would also mean automatic elimination from the FFA Cup.
“After seeing the scenario across Europe right now, we decided to get ahead of the curve and bring in the new rule with consultation from FIFA,” FA CEO James Johnson said.
“There will be sufficient penalties for teams that stage heart attacks, and in football that’s going to be very tough to police accurately. We may have ECG’s next to the VAR booth to assess this.”
The AFL and NRL are looking at bringing in similar rules for the 2022 season and will be watching the A-League nervously this year.