UEFA Gave Five Subs In UCL, International Matches Penalties
UEFA will allow teams to make up to five substitutions in all European and international club matches this season, it announced on Thursday, although a decision has yet to be made for next year’s European Championship.
The decision, announced after the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Budapest, applies to this season’s Champions League, Europa League and Women’s Champions League, as well as the rest of the Nations League, qualifying play-offs for the Euro 2020 and the qualifiers for the next women’s tournament. European Championship.
“Another decision” will be made for the Euro 2020 finals, which have been postponed to June and July next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The change comes after several national team coaches asked UEFA to allow five substitutions in the Nations League, which began earlier this month with only three replacements allowed during matches.
The five substitutes regulation was introduced earlier this year to help teams cope with the additional demands caused by a packed match schedule when football returned after a long Covid-19 shutdown in the European spring.
The governing body of European football also allowed five substitutions to be made during last season’s Champions League and Europa League late-stage games in August.
It has remained in many European leagues, although the English Premier League has notably bet on limiting substitutions to three per team per game.
The announcement was hailed by the global players’ union FIFPro, which said it would “help better manage the unprecedented workload that players face in the coming months due to the calendar disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. “.
“This is the right decision and a good first step to relieve the pressure on the elite players. We will continue to drive innovative new ways to reduce your growing workload and protect your health and performance, ”said FIFPro Secretary General Jonas Baer-Hoffmann.
Meanwhile, UEFA also announced that the final of this edition of the Nations League will be played from October 6 to 10, 2021 and revealed that Italy, the Netherlands and Poland had expressed interest in hosting the matches.
The inaugural Nations League final in 2019 was held in Portugal, with the hosts defeating the Netherlands in the final.