UEFA allows five substitutions in Champions League, Europa League and international matches
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UEFA allows five substitutions in Champions League, Europa League and international matches

UEFA has confirmed clubs will be allowed to make up to five substitutions in a match for the upcoming 2020/21 season. 

The rule was introduced after football restart back in June in order to alleviate the burden on players caused by the condensed 2020/21 international match calendar following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The rule will also apply for all matches played in the UEFA Nations League, the European Qualifiers play-offs, the UEFA Women’s EURO Qualifiers, the UEFA Champions League, and the UEFA Europa League as from the group stage. 

The number of players on the match sheet will also be increased to 23. 

In the meantime, the organization will use the UEFA Super Cup final between Bayern Munich and Sevilla to pilot on fans returning to stadiums. 

Speaking on Thursday, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said: “While it has been important to show that football can carry on in difficult times, without fans, the game has lost something of its character.

"We hope to use the Super Cup in Budapest as a pilot that will begin to see the return of fans to our matches.”

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