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Monday, August 16, 2010

Mexico - Spain not an "A" match

The friendly match Mexico - Spain played on August 11th, 2010 ended as a 1 - 1 draw. Both teams used more than 6 substitutes (Mexico 7, Spain 8) as you can see in the match report.

According the FIFA circular no. 1150, in national A team matches up to a maximum of six substitutes may be used.

The match won't be included in the FIFA ranking calculation.

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  1. Not counting this match benefits Spain more than Mexico.

    If the draw was included in the rankings, Spain would have had 63 points less, Mexico would lose 8 points.

  2. Is there any info or list of all matches that aren't A matches due to substitutes but still litsed on fifa website? Because the site itself doesn't provide this info

  3. Aren't more than 6 subs allowed if the referee is notified in advance? I seem to recall there was such a rule..

  4. The match can be played over 2 x 40 minutes or 3 x 30 minutes if the referee is notified in advance. Still, that won't be an A match.

  5. Interesting that it is still listed on the FIFA page, along with other matches played on the same day where other nations broke this rule:

    Lithuania v Belarus (Belarus used 7 substitutes)
    Mali v Guinea (Mali used 7 substitutes)
    Malta v Macedonia (Macedonia used 7 substitutes)

  6. Thanks Raoul!

    It's strange indeed. They removed the March 3 games very quickly. I don't know why they're so late in removing it...

  7. On August 18th, Ethiopia and Kenya played against eachother. Match is mentioned in FIFA match-database, so it is assumed to be a international A-match? I can't find anything about the match on other websites.

  8. See this and this.

    It's considered an A match.

  9. Hi Tobcoach, how about: