UEFA have confirmed a number of temporary rule changes for the remainder of this season’s Champions League.
The competition is set to resume in August as a mini-tournament, with all matches played in Lisbon, Portugal.
The competition, just like all major sporting events across the world, was affected by the COVID-19 virus, which has ravaged the globe in the last couple of months.
⚽ Substitution rule
Just like other competitions like the Premier League, Bundesliga, and other domestic cups, teams will now be allowed to make five substitutions in a game.
The changes, however, have to be made at only three breaks in play, not including half-time, between the end of normal time and extra-time, or half-time in extra-time. The association has also permitted one additional substitution in extra-time.
The number of players available to be introduced has also been increased, with the number of substitutes increased from seven to 12.
⛹️New player registration
Clubs have also been permitted to sign three new 'List A' players, but they must have already been registered and were eligible to play for the club at domestic level since 3 February.
There will also be more players to choose from: a total of 23 players will be allowed on the match sheet instead of 18, something usually only permitted for the final.
🥅 Change in format
Quarter-finals and semi-finals will now take place as single-leg ties
🏟️ Change of venues
From the quarter-finals, all matches take place at two stadiums in Lisbon, Portugal:
- Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
- Estádio José Alvalade
Unplayed round-of-16 second legs will be held either at the club's home ground or at a venue assigned by UEFA.
The final will be staged at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
📅 Match dates
- Round of 16 7/8 August
- Quarter-finals 12-15 August
- Semi-finals 18/19 August
- Final 23 August
Meanwhile, the draws for the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday 10 July.