Premier League news: Clubs allowed to use five substitutes, transfer window dates announced

A shareholder meeting of all 20 Premier League clubs was held in which the top-flight clubs voted in favour of the substitution rule change.

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By Karthik Raman | Apr 1, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Premier League clubs will be allowed to use five substitutes in every match, starting from next season. On Thursday, a shareholder meeting of all 20 Premier League clubs was held in which the top-flight clubs voted in favour of the substitution rule change. It is to be noted that this will not be the first time, this rule has been in place. In May 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic, five substitutes were originally introduced. However, the league went back to three subs for the 2020/21 season, which has continued till the current campaign.

There have been many debates over whether it was the right thing to revert back to the three substitute rules in the last two years, with experts and coaches having their say on it. The latest rule change will also inevitably start more debates, but only time will tell whether it is the right call. Besides, the Premier League also announced the summer transfer window dates, stating that it will be open from June 10th (Friday) till 11pm on September 1st (Thursday). 

A Premier League statement said: “Premier League Shareholders met today and discussed a range of matters. Clubs agreed to change the rules relating to substitute players. 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.”

“It was also confirmed that the Summer 2022 Transfer Window will open on 10 June and will close at 23:00 BST on 1 September in line with other European leagues.” 

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Premier League updates COVID-19 measures

Furthermore, the Premier League has also announced a change to COVID-19 testing, thereby only symptomatic individuals to be tested from Monday.

It added: “In addition, the Premier League has today updated its remaining COVID-19 measures. From 4 April, the League will remove twice-weekly COVID-19 testing of players and staff and move to symptomatic testing only. Other key updates include the removal of the requirement for clinical passports to access previously restricted areas at training grounds and on match days 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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