The English Premier League board is considering using five substitutes in every game in the league. According to reports, the prospect of it being allowed is underway already. All other leagues across Europe have adopted it except for the English Premier League.
English Premier League set to Approve five Substitution
It is due to be one of the significant topics for discussion at the shareholder meeting of all 20 clubs. It is believed that a formal vote on the matter is unlikely but in debating the topic the clubs are signaling is something they are willing to accept. Five substitutes came to board across the game in May 2020 after the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, controversially, the English Premier League did not approve of it even though other leagues adopted it. Premier League coaches including Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, spoke out against the decision when it was raised. The Liverpool and Manchester City managers both said the decision was partly responsible for a spate of muscular injuries across the top flight.
In October, football lawmakers the International Football Association Board (Ifab) recommended that five substitutions be implemented permanently in the sport. While nothing changed for the 2021-22 campaign even though five substitutes are allowed in FA Cup matches.
It is now viewed as likely that the league’s clubs will accept five substitutes at the Premier League’s annual general meeting at the end of the 2021-22 English Premier League season.