Premier League chiefs set to be put under further pressure as subs rule to be enforced


Premier League chiefs set to be put under further pressure as subs rule to be enforced

Premier League clubs in the minority

The five substitutes rule was introduced in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in March 2020 in order to combat fatigue and potentially long-covid, but has proved a hit and has, as of yet, not been removed.


The German football federation were the first to announce that the top tier of German football, the Bundesliga, would maintain the five substitutes rule ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Subsequently, five substitutes have been allowed in the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League in 2020-21, as well as several other major leagues.

The biggest surprise was the failure of the Premier League to follow suit, reverting back to three substitutes for the campaign, and maintaining their stance despite pleas from the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to return to five for the purposes of player safety.

That could be set to change, however.

Added pressure to fall in line

Now, as per Times Sport correspondent Martyn Ziegler, the five substitutions rule in football is set to become a permanent rule across the sport. As per Ziegler, the idea was:

“Proposed at International FA Board panel meeting today and strongly supported”

This will hand added pressure to Premier League sides, who will know that they would be in a minority should they persist with three, while actively harming their chances of having fully fit players when it comes to crunch European ties.

The argument that it harms the smaller clubs with smaller squads is valid, but it seems as though it will ultimately not matter.

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