Premier League clubs vote against use of five substitutes for 2020-21 season

The IFAB had said that it is upto individual federations and leagues to decide if they want to continue with five substitutions for the 2020-21 season.

IFAB had earlier confirmed that the leagues can continue using five substitutes for the 2020-21 season.   -  Getty Images

English Premier League clubs have voted against continuing to allow the use of five substitutes in each game next season on Thursday.

Clubs were allowed to increase the number of substitutes from three per match in the 2019-20 campaign when the league restarted in June, after a three-month hiatus due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

"Clubs also agreed to revert back to using up to three substitute players per match, with a maximum of seven substitutes on the bench," the Premier League tweeted.


Football's rule-making body IFAB in May changed the rules governing the maximum number of substitutes, looking to help teams battling possible fixture congestion as they tried to complete the season in a short period of time. The IFAB said last month that teams could continue to use up to five substitutes next season, but left it up to individual federations and leagues to decide if they wanted to adopt the rule.

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