Five Subs

IFAB confirm five substitutions will be allowed next season

Following the pandemic, the regulation was introduced to ease the fitness burden on players and it will remain

3:53pm on Wednesday 15th July 2020
Martin Macdonald

Football leagues around the world will be allowed to use five substitutes going into next season, the International Football Association Board has confirmed.

Following the coronavirus outbreak and players subsequently going a long period without competitive action or even team training, a temporary ruling was put in place in order to ease the fitness burden when the leagues recommenced.

That ruling saw clubs allowed to make five substitutions in 90 minutes plus stoppage time rather than the usual three, in three batches.

This was mainly due to the fact that players would be competing within a condensed schedule, with not as much time allowed for recuperation, as well as games taking place in hotter European months in European leagues.

A review by the IFAB outlined the reasoning for the decision to allow five subs into next season:

“The 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.”

It will be up to the discretion of the governing body of a particular league as to whether the rule will continue to be implemented.

Latest news

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski and Salah lead the way

Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski both surged up the standings in the race to score the most goals in Europe this season.

  • 6 hours
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Vardy lead the way

The Liverpool forward is leading the race for Golden Boot glory on seven goals along with Leicester City star Jamie Vardy.

  • 7 hours
Predicted XI

Pepe and Odegaard back in – How Arsenal could line up against Leeds United

Mikel Arteta will look to continue his search for silverware as Arsenal take on Leeds United in the League Cup.

  • 10 hours
Predicted XI

Ziyech, Saul to start – How Chelsea could line up against Southampton

Thomas Tuchel will likely give fringe players the chance to impress when Chelsea host Southampton in the League Cup.

  • 11 hours

La Liga Table: Alaba the hero as Real Madrid win Clasico

David Alaba scored his first goal since his summer transfer as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 to win Sunday's Clasico at Camp Nou.

  • 22 hours
Premier League

Premier League Table: Salah hits hat-trick as Liverpool humiliate Man Utd

Mohamed Salah hit a hat-trick as Liverpool inflicted a humiliating 5-0 defeat on rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

  • 23 hours

Most read