Premier League allow teams to make five substitutions
The Premier League has confirmed that for the rest of the 2019/20 season, teams will be able to make five substitutions per match with nine subs on the bench.
The decision follows the Bundesliga’s path in allowing teams extra substitutions, with concerns over the fitness of players, their susceptibility to injury following the restart, and the fact that games will be played in the warmer months of June and July
A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed temporary changes to the rules relating to substitute players.
“For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players.
“This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month.
“Shareholders also approved for Clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season.”
Today’s Project Restart meeting
Representatives from all 20 Premier League clubs will today hold another video conference call to discuss contingency measures should the season have to be curtailed.
England’s top flight is due to resume on June 17, 100 days after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, today’s meeting will see clubs debate a means of formulating a final table in the event that the 2019-20 season has to end, with relegation not expected to be scrapped.
In addition, the first full rounds of fixtures could also be announced, starting with the weekend of June 20-21.
The initial matches of the reboot – scheduled for June 17 – will see Manchester City take on Arsenal, and Aston Villa face Sheffield United. Completion of these matches will ensure, at the very least, that all clubs have played the same numbers of matches.
Today’s meeting comes after only one individual – later confirmed to be a Tottenham staff member – out of 1,197 tested positive in the latest round of Premier League coronavirus tests.