The Copa Libertadores is the most important continental tournament in Latin America and, without a doubt, its return is one of the most awaited among football fans and bettors in different sporting events. September 15 is the date chosen for the resumption of the tournament and is, precisely, Colo-Colo one of the first teams that will play in this new modality of Copa Libertadores. The changes that Conmebol presented for the return of this tournament are the same as for the South American Cup that will begin on October 27These changes respond to the need to maintain an efficient protocol that guarantees the security of the participating teams.
Modifications allowed per matchAsin European leagues, coaches may make up to 5 modifications per match. This measure is aimed at safeguarding the health of the players. However, as the possibility of making five changes during a match implies the permanent interruption of the game, Conmebol has stipulated that the modifications must be made only three times, including the rest time.
In the event that both teams wish to make their modifications in unison, they will lose a substitution opportunity in order to guarantee the continuity of the game. In the event that the 90 minutes of play are extended, each team will keep the number of possible modifications remaining and, if the rules allow a new modification, both teams may make use of it.
Bona fide listWiththe increase of the changes allowed per game it was also necessary to increase the bona fide list. This measure, in addition to responding to the previous modification, provides for the possibility of allowing players to recover from possible injuries or even coronaviruses. Thus, teams will be able to incorporate and use those players who have participated in the two phases of the tournament prior to the suspension.
Each team will be able to incorporate players in any of the phases of this edition and the players will be able to participate wearing the shirt of two different teams. However, there is a limit to the number of players that can be added per phase and it will be forbidden to add players to the final of the tournament.
RefereeingFinally, Conmebol has established that the nationality of the referees cannot be the same as the nationality of the teams playing the match. This measure arises from the criticism received in previous editions because of this situation. At the resumption of the tournament, the refereeing corps must be made up of referees of different nationalities.
However, Conmebol has determined that in cases where it is impossible to have foreign referees present, a referee may conduct a match in his own country. The Copa Libertadores is drawing ever closer and sports fans are eagerly awaiting the debut of Colo-Colo as one of its protagonists. In order to resume the tournament, Conmebol has determined a series of modifications related mainly to the number of players playing a match to preserve their health and safety.