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 12 noon on Friday 20 November 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.
PFA Deputy Chief Executive, John Bramhall said: “We welcome the addition to the number of substitutes in the EFL. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created a congested fixture list, the PFA has previously highlighted our concerns to the leagues that this will ultimately impact the player’s physical health and mental wellbeing, and risks leading to an increase in the number of injuries. This change will be a positive step to help clubs manage and protect their current playing squads throughout the remainder of the season.”