Whether we like it or not, the Premier League has finally decided to catch up with the rest of Europe and permit five substitutions to be made during matches, starting from next season. The rule had been brought in for Project Restart (the league’s completion of the 2019-20 season after the COVID-19 induced hiatus) but for the past two seasons, the league has reverted back to the traditional three substitutes. Many competitions, however, did not return to the old ways. The other four members of the “Big Five European Leagues” (La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1) all decided to keep with five substitutes, whilst European cup competitions and even the F.A. Cup also did the same.
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