The English Football League (EFL) has announced that five substitutes will be permitted in all Sky Bet EFL fixtures as of November 20 for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The decision was made following a consultation between the EFL and its member clubs, resulting in the decision of five substitutions to be allowed in the Championship, League One and League Two.
Prior to international break, Premier League managers Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola called for the re-introduction of the five-substitute rule that was brought in as part of Project Restart in June. However, Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, told MPs “I don’t see it changing in the foreseeable future” when asked about the possible introduction of the rule.
Championship clubs will be allowed to name up to nine substitutes in their matchday squad, whereas League One and League will be allowed to name up to seven substitutes in theirs. In line with the decisions made by the International FA Board (IFAB), each team will only be permitted three opportunities to make substitutes throughout the match.
Questions have been raised in recent weeks with regards to the busy domestic football schedule and the international fixtures that have continued to take place. The Covid-19 pandemic caused a delayed start to the 2020/21 season, leading to some teams having to play on the weekend and midweek in the EFL.
In the Premier League, a vote at the beginning of the season saw the five substitutes rule turned down, as reportedly many clubs felt that the richer teams with bigger squads would benefit further from this rule carrying over into the new season.
Author: Jake Wilkin