The Premier League have today followed the lead of Bundesliga and confirmed that for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, teams will be allowed to use up to five substitutes.
They have also announced that a manager can name up to nine subs for each game. A statement released today on the official website said:
For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players.
This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month.
Shareholders also approved for clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season.
For those that worry this will cause all kinds of time-wasting, there are still only three occasions when a manager can make changes – not including half-time, so it’s no different than previously.
The move comes as concerns about player fitness and the increased prevalence of injury after such a long period of lockdown away from traditional training.
For more on fitness and the impact it might have on players, make sure you subscribe to the Arsecast and on tomorrow’s show we’ll discuss exactly that with Arsenal’s former Director of High Performance, Darren Burgess.