UEFA confirm five substitutes for Champions League and Europa League. They believes it is necessary to permit five.
UEFA has confirmed clubs will be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match in the Champions League and Europa League throughout 2020-21. The Executive Committee of European football’s governing body met on Thursday to rule on a variety of matters for 2020 and 2021.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB), rule-makers for the sport, initially implemented the change in May and extended it two months later for club competitions set to be completed by July 31, 2021 and international tournaments scheduled in July/August 2021.
While some domestic competitions, such as England’s Premier League, have opted to revert to three substitutions allowed per team in each match, UEFA believes it is necessary to permit five “in order to alleviate the burden on players caused by the condensed international match calendars 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic”.
The five substitutes rule will be extended to Euro 2021 qualifying playoffs, Women’s EURO qualifiers, the Nations League group phase and the Women’s Champions League for the rest of the season.
Credit: AS English