The Premier League has agreed to let teams make five substitutions rather than three for the rest of the season when the league resumes later this June.
Due to the adjustment made to the substitutions rule, teams will now be required to name nine substitutes rather than the regular seven.
This decision aligns the English top-flight division with a temporary law amendment announced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) last month.
The world’s football decision-making body drafted the temporary rule as a way to reduce the fatigue on the players returning to the pitch following a break caused by the outbreak of the pandemic.
The English Premier League clubs have also agreed in principle to the use of neutral venues if required, although the majority of the matches are expected to be played on their usual grounds.
A memo containing the extensive medical protocols to be observed for each match when the league restarts have been sent to all participating teams, as the number of people in stadiums on match days is not to exceed 300 persons.
With the English Premier League expected to resume on June 17, five rounds of Coronavirus tests have been carried out on players and staff as part of the Project Restart’s medical protocols.