Five substitutions a game to c...

Sport

Five substitutions a game to continue through next season

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

03:32 15 Jul 2020


Share this article


Clubs will continue to be allowed make up to five substitutions per game through the course of next season. 

Football's lawmakers - IFAB - have agreed to extend the measure which was introduced for clubs completing their season after a pandemic-enforced hiatus.

IFAB initially announced the rule alteration in May "to protect player welfare".

While managers can make five substitutions, they can only do so within three windows during a game.

Extension of the rule alteration will now carry over into international competitions scheduled for July/August 2021.

That means teams during the delayed Euro 2020 tournament will also be afforded five subs per game.

Ultimately, however, the decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment remains at the discretion of each competition organiser.

IFAB say their recent review "has shown that the reasons for the temporary amendment remain valid and the impact on player welfare is likely to continue into 2021 due to various factors, including":

  • Some competitions which resumed in 2020 may have a shorter-than-usual recovery/preparation period before the start of their next season.
  • For many competitions, the 2020/21 season will involve matches being played in a condensed period due to a delayed start and the inability to end later than usual because of major international tournaments.

Speaking following the rule's introduction, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp conceded that it would mainly benefit sides with deeper squads.

"When you look at [Manchester] City last night and saw who they could change, you think ‘Wow, they can change five times and still Leroy Sane is on the bench'," Klopp said.

“That’s of course not bad. But in the end it’s not about that, it’s really about that we can save the players as much as possible, that we can give them the rest in a time where there is no rest."


Share this article


Read more about

IFAB Premier League Substitutions

You might like

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up on queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Big Ride Home With Brian M...

The Big Ride Home With Brian Maher

16:00-19:00

Share

Up next

The Fix with Ciaran O'Connor

The Fix with Ciaran O'Connor

19:00-22:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night...

The Sound of the City at Night with Karl Dawson

22:00-00:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-07:00

Share

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebe...

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebecca and Brendan

07:00-10:00

Share

Dublin Talks with Adrian & Jer...

Dublin Talks with Adrian & Jeremy

10:00-12:00

Share

The Sound of the City with Bar...

The Sound of the City with Barry Dunne

12:00-16:00

Share

The Big Ride Home With Brian M...

The Big Ride Home With Brian Maher

16:00-19:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on