The world football lawmakers intend to expand on during the next season 2020/21 the validity of the interim rule that allows teams to make five substitutions in a match, not three, as previously.
The Council of the International football Association Board (IFAB) approved the rule change in may 2020 as a short-term measure to protect the League, which resumed its season 2019/20 after the quarantine associated with the COVID-19.
The justification lay in the fact that players will have a congested schedule of matches after a long pause, with limited “pre-season” period to return to form.
It is expected that the Board of Directors of the IFAB will announce the extension of rule five substitutions in the coming days.
Each League was allowed to decide if it wishes to change the rules. The Premier League voted for this proposal in early June, although not unanimously. Four clubs – “Aston Villa, “Bournemouth”, “Sheffield United” and “West ham” – voted against the rule five replacements.