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Premier League clubs vote against five substitutes in a match

Premier League clubs have voted against continuing to allow the use of five substitutes in each g...

Conor Breslin
Conor Breslin

17:12 6 Aug 2020



Premier League clubs vote agai...
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Premier League clubs vote against five substitutes in a match

Conor Breslin
Conor Breslin

17:12 6 Aug 2020

Premier League clubs have voted against continuing to allow the use of five substitutes in each game next season returning to the original rule of three replacements.

Clubs were allowed to increase the number of substitutes from three per match in the 2019-20 campaign to five when the league restarted in June, after the three-month hiatus due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to the BBC teams will revert to three substitutes in the 2020-21 campaign after a vote.

Soccer'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.

It was also to assist players who returned to football after a long break away from the game and were not up to full match fitness.

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.

FIFA said the five-substitute rule can be used in competitions until August 2021, meaning the European Championships and Copa America can adopt the amended law next summer in international games.

The Premier League also voted for a maximum of seven substitutes on the bench.

The UK top division said clubs had also "approved the implementation of VAR, in line with the full FIFA protocol".

This comes after FIFA took over the control for overseeing the video assistant referee system from the IFAB over one month ago.

Part of the change will see an increase in referees using the pitch-side monitors for goals, red cards and penalty kicks.

Also, if a goalkeeper's foot is over the line when he saves a penalty, then VAR will advise it is retaken.

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