Following a meeting between shareholders today, the Premier League have announced TWO temporary rule changes that will apply for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
In a statement (which you can read below), they announce the following changes ahead of the return of top flight football on June 17th:
- The number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to FIVE players.
- The maximum number of substitute players on the bench has been increased from seven to NINE.
Premier League Shareholders today agreed temporary changes to the rules relating to substitute players.
For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players.
This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month.
Shareholders also approved for Clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season.
One other issue they must resolve is the current situation regarding 25-man squads.
As an example, Paul Dummett was withdrawn from Steve Bruce’s squad given he suffered a ‘season ending’ injury at Wolves earlier this year and has since been replaced by our January loan arrivals, however he’s not fit again and ready to play – yet won’t be eligible to unless the Premier League relax those rules and give managers the opportunity to extend their squad size for the final 9 games.