EFL confirms return of five substitute rule for remainder of 2020-21 season

18th November 2020
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Following consultation with clubs, the EFL Board has agreed to increase the permitted number of substitutes to five in all Sky Bet EFL fixtures taking place from midday on Friday, November 20 for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

Regulation 33.4 has been amended to permit:

  • Championship Clubs to name up to nine substitutes in their matchday squad, with five permitted to take to the pitch in any fixture.
  • League One and League Two Clubs can name up to seven substitutes in their match day squad, again with five permitted to take to the pitch.

Teams will have three opportunities (outside of the half-time interval) to make substitutions during a match.

Clubs had previously been able to make five substitutions from the resumption of football in June through to the end of the 2019-20 campaign, with the number originally being reduced back to the traditional three for the start of the 2020-21 season.