Subs changed due to covid-19
The German football federation have announced that the top tier of German football, the Bundesliga, will maintain the five substitutes rule ahead of the 2021-22 season.
The regulation was introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic, to combat the lack of match fitness following the suspension of football in March 2020.
Subsequently, five substitutes have been allowed in the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Champions League in 2020-21, as well as the Bundesliga and several other major leagues.
The biggest surprise was the failure of the Premier League to follow suit, reverting back to three substitutes for the campaign, and maintaining their stance despite pleas from the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to return to five for the purposes of player safety.
“All around the world it’s five substitutions but here we believe we’re more special. We don’t protect the players.”
Pep Guardiola says he spoke to Jurgen Klopp at the end of the game about the need for five subs, calling the current situation ‘a disaster’. pic.twitter.com/rPgvwplpud
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 8, 2020
Bundesliga to keep five
As mentioned above, the Bundesliga have today become the first federation to confirm the continuation of five substitutes.
In a statement posted on the website of the German federation, they said that:
“In both leagues, as before, five player changes per match will be allowed. In the 2021/22 season, a total of three opportunities per team as well as the half-time break will be available for this purpose.”
UEFA have yet to comment on their next movement regarding substitutes. However, with five having been allowed at Euro 2020, and the coronavirus pandemic still a threat to the health of players, it would be unsurprising to see the trend continue in European competitions.