Premier League

Five substitutions permitted in all top-level competitions from 2022/23

Tom Gott
Five substitutes are here to stay
Five substitutes are here to stay / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
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The International Football Association Board (IFAB) have confirmed that teams from all top-level competitions will permanently have the option of making five substitutions per game, starting immediately in the 2022/23 campaign.

The traditional rule of three substitutes was temporarily changed to five in the back end of the 2019/20 season due to the pandemic, but Premier League clubs voted against continuing the change for the following campaign - despite pleas from a handful of managers.

The English top flight was the only major division to do away with five substitutions, but the IFAB have now confirmed the rule will return.

Clubs in all top competitions will be permitted to use five substitutes every game, but as was the case a few years ago, managers will still only have three intervals in which to make changes, not including half-time.

League officials will also be permitted to increase the number of substitutes on the bench to 15, but that will be at the discretion of each competition.

Premier League clubs have been restricted to nine substitutes on their benches, but various European leagues played to the previous limit of 12.

There has been no change when it comes to concussion substitutes, with IFAB confirming more research needs to be done before they can be permanently added to the rulebook. Instead, the ongoing trials in over 140 competitions will continue.

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