From the final stages of 2019-2020, teams from Europe’s premier club competition will be allowed to make five substitutions per match.
UEFA has confirmed that clubs will be allowed to make up to five substitutions per game in the Champions League and Europa League throughout 2020-2021.
The executive committee of the governing body of European football met on Thursday to rule on various issues for 2020 and 2021.
Arguably the biggest decision taken was to extend the change in the rules regarding substitutions, which allowed teams to make up to five changes in the game after the coronavirus crisis forced top football to stopping earlier this year.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which sets the rules for the sport, initially implemented the change in May and extended it two months later for club competitions slated to end on July 31, 2021 and tournaments. international scheduled for July and August 2021.
While some domestic competitions, such as the English Premier League, have chosen to revert to three permitted substitutions per team in each match, UEFA believes it is necessary to allow five “in order to ease the burden on players caused by the condensed 2020 international match schedules. -21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic “.
The five-substitute rule will be extended to the Euro 2021 qualifying playoffs, the Women’s Euro playoffs, the Nations League group stage and the Women’s Champions League for the remainder of the season.
Among other decisions communicated on Thursday, UEFA – having reached an agreement with the Association of European Clubs and the European Leagues – will extend the windows for international matches in March and September in 2021 to allow three matches instead of two.
UEFA says this will allow it to “recover dates lost due to the cancellation of the March 2020 window and the postponement of Euro 2020”.
It has also been confirmed that the format of the UEFA Youth League has been temporarily changed – rather than starting with a group stage, the competition will start in the round of 16 in March as a knockout competition.
The group stages of the Champions League are due to start on October 20, with the draw for this phase of the competition to take place in Nyon on October 1.