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Five-substitute rule set to become permanent in football as IFAB recommendation increases pressure on Premier League to follow suit


The current temporary rule that allows football teams to use up to five substitutes looks likely to become permanent.

When football returned amid the coronavirus pandemic in June 2020, the rules were changed to allow for an increase in the number of substitutes and also to increase the number of players allowed on the squad.

The permanent change was recommended by the IFAB
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This was due to concerns about physical condition and the risk of injury, with the games being played in such a short time frame to end the 2019/20 season.

Some Premier League clubs wanted to continue down this path until 2020/21, but not everyone agreed.

In many other leagues and competitions across the continent, five substitutes have now become the norm.

At present, however, this remains a temporary measure.

As such, the technical and football panels of the International FA Board (IFAB) heard a proposal on Wednesday to make the temporary rule change permanent and recommended that it be approved.

An IFAB statement read: “FAP-TAP recommended today that competitions may decide to increase the number of substitutes according to the needs of their football environment, while the current number of substitute opportunities (three plus half-time) should remain the same. “

Five-substitute rule set to become permanent in football as IFAB recommendation increases pressure on Premier League to follow suit
Klopp and Guardiola have previously joined forces to criticize the busy schedule
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If confirmed, it will likely increase pressure on the Premier League to follow suit, although individual competitions are still allowed to go for three subs.

The question was voted on by Premier League clubs three times last season and was systematically defeated – for the motion to pass it took 14 votes, but it never exceeded 11.

Among those who wanted to see him introduced were Liverpool, Manchester United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Representatives of these ‘big six’ such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have already explained how they want the rule change to be implemented in the Premier League.

However, others have argued that it will create an uneven playing field for teams with less depth.

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