Good news as Premier League set to introduce new rule ahead of return


Premier League clubs to be allowed up to 5 substitutions when season resumes


Nomso Obiajuru

– Premier League is preparing for a possible return to action after weeks of inactivity

– The season was abruptly halted after the global outbreak of coronavirus pandemic

– The EPL has an excess of 10 matches left to play in the current campaign

– There are fears of a potential player burn-out and injuries due to crammed fixtures, prompting a rule change on substitutions

Premier League clubs could have the rare chance to make five substitutions in a single match when the season resumes.

The English league is among those across Europe suspended following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

Premier League clubs to be allowed up to five substitution when season resumes

The new proposal will allow Premier League bosses to rotate their squad more frequently. Photo: The Sun.


But with clubs gearing up for a possible return to action, FIFA has proposed introduction of a short-term rule change on substitutions.

The EPL had nearly over 10 matches left before the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign and there are fears over possible player burn-out and injuries when action resumes.

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It is for this reason, it has been proposed clubs are allowed up to five substitutions in a single match, up from the usual three.

Under the new proposals, the current restriction of a maximum of three substitute in a 90-minute competitive match would be amended to allow the extra two.

But SunSport reports teams would only have three exchange Windows per match – either when play breaks or half-time.

As such, teams cannot make five individual player substitutions – but only five in total.

Meanwhile, Europe football governing body UEFA has already set the start of August as deadline for the end of domestic campaigns across the continent.

Continental tournaments including Europa League and Champions League have been slated to be played out between Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 29.

Earlier, Bioreports reported that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba’s quest to become the new Ivory Coast football association president suffered a major disappointment.

The 42-year-old polled zero votes at the end of the process as 11 of the 14 delegates pitched their tents with his opposition Sory Diabate, while three persons stayed back.

Apart from the former Blues striker, the association’s current vice president Idriss Diallo was also left without a single vote from the ex-players.

However, the outcome of the election which was conducted via teleconferencing appeared to have sparked up engagements in Ivory Coast.

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