Shareholders have also approved for clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench, from seven to nine, for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
A Premier League statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed temporary changes to the rules relating to substitute players. 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.“
FIFA proposed the substitutions rule change to IFAB, which is responsible for the laws of the game, due to players being likely to be asked to play a high number of matches, during the summer.
However, teams will be limited to three opportunities during a match to make their substitutions, to prevent unnecessary stoppage and allow free movement of the game.
By Muyiwa Aguda
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