Premier League

Premier League confirm introduction of five substitutions from 2022/23 season

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
The amount of subs permitted will increase
The amount of subs permitted will increase / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

The Premier League have confirmed clubs will be able to make five substitutions from the start of next season.

The additional changes were temporarily adopted as part of Project Restart in 2020, but were dropped the following campaign – much to the dismay of many managers, including Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Ralph Hasenhuttl.

However, the Premier League has since U-turned on the issue, confirming that five subs would be allowed when the 2022/23 kicks off.

"Clubs agreed to change the rules relating to substitute players," a statement read.

"From next season, clubs will be permitted to use five substitutions, to be made on three occasions during a match, with an additional opportunity at half-time.

"A total of nine substitutes can be named on the team sheet."

The decision was ratified at the Premier League shareholders' meeting on Thursday and it was not the only thing discussed.

An agreement was also struck on the start date of the summer transfer window, which will open on 10 June and close on 1 September in line with other European leagues.

The Premier League's coronavirus measures have been updated too.

"From 4 April, the League will remove twice-weekly COVID-19 testing of players and staff and move to symptomatic testing only," the statement continued.

"Other key updates include the removal of the requirement for clinical passports to access previously restricted areas at training grounds and on matchdays as the Premier League returns to business-as-usual operations."

"The wellbeing of players and staff remains a priority and the Premier League will continue to monitor the national COVID-19 situation and adapt League-wide protocols as required, in line with the latest guidance from public health authorities and medical experts."

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