The English Premier League CLUBS have voted in favor of reintroducing the five substitutes per game rule from the start of the 2022-2023 season. This was revealed by the English Premier League, quoted on Saturday (2/4).
During this time, substitutions could be made on three occasions, excluding the first half, and clubs could name a total of nine substitutes on their team sheets, the league said in a statement.
Top-flight clubs were allowed to increase the number of substitutes from three to five per game in the 2019-20 season when the league restarts in June after a three-month gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Football’s governing body IFAB has recommended that the rule be made permanent, but the Premier League is the only top European league to decide not to continue with the five-substitute rule from the 2020-2021 season despite some managers fearing players could burn out.
The Professional Footballers’ Association supports the league’s latest decision. Chief executive Maheta Molango said the increased workload for players could be detrimental to their health.
“Implementation of these rules is a welcome step forward in our ongoing efforts to address the problem of player fatigue so as to ensure they have the opportunity to play at their best,” said Molango.
The Premier League will end the provision of twice weekly COVID-19 tests for players and staff from Monday (4/4). Only those who show symptoms will be tested.
“The welfare of players and staff remains a priority and the Premier League will continue to monitor the national COVID-19 situation and adapt protocols across the League as needed, in line with the latest guidance from public health authorities and medical experts,” the league said.
The Premier League also said the summer transfer window would open on June 10 and close on September 1. (Ant/OL-1)