FIFA propose rule change for Premier League when matches return

Premier League clubs may be able to make five substitutions in matches when it returns from its suspension.

And the mooted change will also run for the 2020-21 campaign, if given IFAB approval.

English football has been out of commission for the past month, as have most leagues across the planet.

As such in a new proposal to help cope with the return to action amid the ongoing pandemic, FIFA have announced extra subs will be allowed.

The substitutions will be allowed at a maximum of three slots plus the half-time interval to avoid unnecessary stoppages, but are being proposed in recognition of the long lay-off that players have had due to competitions being suspended, and the anticipated high volume of matches when play potentially resumes.

The proposal is subject to the approval of the game's law-making body the International Football Association Board (IFAB)

It is then at the discretion of individual competitions such as the Premier League or the Bundesliga whether or not to implement it.

"When competitions resume, such competitions are likely to face a congested match calendar with a higher-than-normal frequency of matches played in consecutive weeks," a FIFA spokesperson said.

"Safety of the players is one of FIFA's main priority then. One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload.

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