The Sports Correspondent
Premier League clubs agreed to a rule change on Thursday that will allow them to make five substitutions starting in the 2022/23 season.
Due to fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic, teams in the English top flight were allowed to make five changes for the final stages of the 2019/20 season.
However, unlike in other major leagues and European competitions, the rule was later reduced to three substitutions per side due to concerns that more changes gave an advantage to larger clubs with deeper squads.
“From next season, clubs will be allowed to use five substitutions, to be made three times during a match, with an additional chance at half-time,” the Premier League said in a statement.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Manager Pep Guardiola was a vocal opponent of the previous refusal to implement the change, citing the demands placed on players by the English game.
“Five substitutions can be found all over the world.” “With only three players, we believe we are in a special league, and we don’t protect the players,” Guardiola said last season.
Klopp went so far as to accuse Premier League CEO Richard Masters of “lack of leadership” in the matter, saying: “It’s not an advantage, it’s a necessity.”