The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has given Premier League clubs the green light to continue to use five substitutes next season.
With the 2020/21 season set to commence shortly after this season has finished, many leagues are facing another jam-packed fixture list and the decision has been made to extend the rule until July 31.
This will also apply for ‘international competitions scheduled in July/August 2021’, meaning it would implemented at Euro 2021 to ease fatigue on players who are expected to play in several matches in a short space of time.
Premier League chiefs opted to use the substitute rule at the end of this season in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the campaign to be finished in just a six-week time frame.
Sixteen of the 20 top-flight sides voted in favour of its introduction, but another vote is set to be scheduled on July 24 to see whether they will use it into next year.
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Burnley boss Sean Dyche recently spoke out against the rule, insisting it gives wealthier clubs with bigger squads an advantage.
“I think a lot of it for a lot of teams will be the state of the game,” he said last month.
“If you’re Man City and you’re 2-0 up against 10 men, you might make five subs to rest legs, because you know true fitness is not quite there yet.
“You might make a tactical five to hold a game or win a game, I think there’s loads of different ways of looking at it.
“It wasn’t for me, I don’t think we should be changing the rules of the game. It quite obviously favours the big squads, and we haven’t got a big squad, so I don’t think we needed to change the rules.”