The Premier League to substitute the substitution rule

The Premier League are to up substitutions to five in the 2022/2023 season

Katie Siddall
1st April 2022
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic closed off the world, the higher football leagues were allowed to continue after months of disruption. When the Premier League was given the green light, so was the substitution rule whereby clubs were allowed five substitutions instead of three.

This rule came into play as multiple players were recovering from the COVID-19 virus and were not match fit - even if they were playing. It allowed clubs to be able to continue their matches whilst players were isolating and recovering. From the outset, no one enjoyed the rule as no one liked change yet it was necessary.

Within England, the rule was overturned for the 2021/2022 season as restrictions were coming to an end. Other leagues around the world have allowed the five substitutions rule to keep running - but not in England... or so we thought.

It has come to light in recent days that the rule has again been overturned. As of the 2022/2023 season, the rule where the Premier League has five substitutions within a match has come back. As of yesterday (31.03.2022) the rule has been re-introduced after a vote from Premier League clubs, with the top ten clubs voting against the re-introduction.

There has been attempts to re-introduce the rule over the last two years with no luck... until now.

The Chair of the PFA, Maheta Molango, supports this decision and believes that the rule will not give the bigger clubs a bigger advantage.

He believes that the amount of matches that footballers play does not allow them to rest properly. With this he wants to bring forward a 72-hour gap between matches as he feels those abroad have the bigger advantage.

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, supports Molango as in early March he stepped forward saying "We [Liverpool] played Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday, that's a horrible schedule". This definitely creates the concern of player welfare, especially if managers decide to play the same players. Mostly, they try not to as they want the best from their players; however, it can not always be the case and five substitutions could help with resting players.

The substitution rule could also help bring forward new, younger, players from lower down in the ranks. Isn't that what fans are after, new talent?

Luckily for you, this is an April Fools' article and, if you're against the new five substitutions rule, then you're safe as it won't come into affect. There was no vote... or was there...?

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