Wednesday July 8 2020
Five subs to stay in Serie A?

Serie A is set to be given the option to stick with the rule permitting clubs to make five substitutions for another season.

The measure was introduced to help protect players after the coronavirus lockdown, given the inevitable onslaught of fixtures, but it was only expected to be temporary.

Now, The Athletic reports the International Football Association Board (IFAB) is set to grant an extension later this week, covering the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign.

As per the website, world football’s lawmakers argue ‘the late start to next season will lead to the same player-welfare concerns’.

Two extra changes were initially seen as a benefit, but several Serie A coaches including Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini have been vocal about their preference for three subs.

The general consensus is that the five-subs ruling favours bigger clubs with deeper squads.