Premier League clubs have twice had the opportunity to vote on the use of five subs and have twice voted the motion down, with the majority believing it would give the bigger, richer clubs an advantage.

The Premier League is planning to join every other league in Europe and switch back to allowing five substitutions per match.

According to the Guardian, the move is being driven by managers after their clubs previously voted against the decision.

Premier League clubs have twice had the opportunity to vote on the use of five subs and have twice voted the motion down, with the majority believing it would give the bigger, richer clubs an advantage.

However, injuries are piling up as the season goes on and the league is now gearing up to join everyone else in Europe.


All other European leagues, plus Uefa competitions, permit clubs to use five subs per game. The FA Women’s Super League does as well and the EFL announced on Wednesday that they will allow five subs again from Friday after consulting with clubs.

A congested season has led to more muscle injuries than ever, with the Athletic reporting a 42% increase in muscle injuries in the Premier League after five matchdays when compared to last season.

The fact the season has already been interrupted by three international breaks, with countries playing three times in less than a week, doesn’t help.

There is no date set for a third meeting on this topic, the Guardian report, but it has to be a matter of sooner rather than later as squads at both ends of the table become increasingly stretched.

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