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Football injuries ‘up 20 percent’ in European top competitions | Football news

LONDON: According to a study published on Wednesday, the number of injuries in the top five of Europe’s competitions has risen by 20 percent in the 2021/2022 season, as discussions about football’s overcrowded calendar ahead of the World Cup heat up.
Insurance brokers Howden’s investigation found that clubs paid a record injury price of £513 million ($550 million) last season.
Injury costs were calculated by multiplying a player’s cost per day by the number of days he was unavailable due to injury.
World players’ union FIFPRO says that structures must be put in place to limit the workload of players.
For the first time this year, a European campaign has been interrupted by a mid-season World Cup, causing even more congestion on both sides of the tournament in Qatar, which kicks off on November 20.
European governing body UEFA has increased the number of competitive matches with the addition of the Nations League to the international program and is expanding European club competitions from 2024.
World governing body FIFA will follow suit, with the World Cup expanded to 48 teams from 2026.
The Eredivisie had the highest injury costs of any of the top five divisions at nearly £185 million, with Spain’s La Liga a distant second at £109 million.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain had the highest injury cost of any club in Europe at £34 million.
Injury in the Premier League rose to 1,231 in 2021/22, compared to 938 the season before.
The permanent approval of five substitutions per team by the football lawmakers IFAB is intended to reduce the pressure on the players.
But FIFPRO is urging FIFA to go further by imposing minimum four-week rest periods in the off-season and a two-week mid-season break for each player.



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