Premier League agree to increase substitutions per game to five

Chelsea FC v Everton FC - Premier League
Team are now allowed to make more subs (Picture: Getty)

The Premier League has agreed to increase the amount of substitutions permitted per game from three to five.

A shareholders meeting held on Thursday discussed a host of issues including VAR, adding players to squads and neutral venues.

All 20 clubs agreed substitutions should be increased to five per match, in line with the guidelines already set out by the International Football Association Board.

It was also agreed that the bench would be increased from seven players to nine, something Chelsea was pushing for.

Teams have been lobbying for an increase due to concerns about fitness when the 2019/20 season resumes and the number of games footballers will be asked to play – the league aims to complete the campaign by 16 July.

Clubs are worried about the increased likelihood of injuries, but smaller sides have argued more substitutions gives an advantage to the bigger clubs who have deeper squads.

Premier League chiefs aim to kick off the season on Wednesday 17 June, with Manchester City vs Arsenal the headline act before action gets into full swing that weekend.

Football in the UK has been suspended since 13 March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but only one positive Covid-19 test was discovered during the fifth round of testing results released this week.

Tottenham announced the coronavirus case was at their club and Spurs became the latest top-flight side to publicly announce a positive test – Watford, Burnley, Brighton and Bournemouth have also done the same.

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