Premier League announce temporary changes to substitutions

Norwich City will be able to make five substitutes in one match under the new laws. Picture: Paul Ch

Norwich City will be able to make five substitutes in one match under the new laws. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Premier League clubs have agreed to temporarily change the rules surrounding substitutes, with clubs able to make up to five substitutions in one match.

The number of subs named on the bench has also been increased from seven to nine - meaning Norwich City can name an additional two players in their matchday squads.

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However, while five subs are allowed, there are now three substitution opportunities when the changes can be made – as well as half-time - in a bid to prevent unnecessary stoppages.

In a statement, the Premier League said: “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.


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“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.”

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