Premier League teams agree on five substitutes next season

Following Thursday’s shareholders’ meeting, Premier League clubs decided to allow five substitutes starting next season.

When football resumed in the summer of 2020 after a mid-season stoppage due to the Covid-19 outbreak, a temporary modification to the regulations increased the number of replacements from three to four.

The alterations were extended for another 18 months last summer by the International Football Association Board’s advisory council until a final decision to retain the option of deploying five substitutions was announced in October.

Despite the fact that teams around Europe adopted the IFAB suggestion, the Premier League chose not to implement the guidelines for the 2020-21 season and instead resorted to three substitutes.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and Pep Guardiola of Manchester City have criticized the Premier League for not implementing the alterations during the current domestic league season, despite the fact that they were permitted in European tournaments and England’s domestic cup games.

Previously, several top-flight teams raised objections over a proposal to permanently expand the number of replacements available during league games, citing fears that it would favor clubs with a deeper roster.

Following more debate on Thursday, it was agreed to accept the revised rules for the 2022-2023 campaign, which will be enacted formally at the annual general meeting.

The Premier League also revealed that the 2022 summer transfer market would start on June 10 and finish at 11 p.m. BST on September 1, aligning it with other European leagues, while Covid-19 guidelines will shift away from twice-weekly testing of players and staff.

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