Premier League changes substitutes rule

Thursday 31 March 2022 15:17

The Premier League has confirmed an important rule change which will be implemented for the 2022/23 season.

Clubs will be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match from next term.

Any changes are permitted on three occasions during the game itself, with an additional opportunity to introduce players at half-time.

Matchday squads will also be enlarged, as up to nine substitutes can now be named on the teamsheet.

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It marks a return to the rules which were in place during Project Restart in June and July 2020, when it was agreed changes were required to help players with their fitness after the first coronavirus lockdown.

United were one of the sides to make use of the tweak, utilising either four or five substitutes in all but two of our games following the resumption, as we rallied to secure a third-placed finish under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Top-flight clubs agreed to return to three substitutes for 2020/21, although up to nine replacements were allowed to sit on the bench.

This was further reduced to seven for the current season, but the Premier League’s shareholders have now agreed to revert to the previous regulations.

The Premier League’s rules are now in line with European competitions, which have allowed five subs throughout the pandemic.

Emirates FA Cup ties have also moved from three to five changes in recent seasons.