The SPFL have officially approved the use of five subs next season after individual associations were given the chance to do so earlier in the month.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) announced in mid-July that they would allow the move in response to the coronavirus pandemic [IFAB].

Teams will be allowed to introduce five substitutes but will only have three opportunities to do so to ensure the game is not being interrupted any more so than usual.

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The SPFL have announced the five sub move for season 20/21. (Photo by Oliver Hardt – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

The decision was approved by the Scottish Premiership clubs and the rules will take affect this weekend.

Naturally, the decision directly impacts Rangers.

Under fire SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster took the SPFL’s website to discuss the decision.



“As excitement builds ahead of the return to competitive action this weekend, I am pleased that the Premiership clubs have approved this resolution which was recommended by the Board,” said Doncaster [SPFL].

“Player welfare was at the forefront of our decision to recommend this change and it is vital that we recognise the additional strain being placed on players as we embark on the 2020/21 season.

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be able to take advantage of five substitute rule this season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We are preparing similar resolutions for the Scottish Championship, League 1 and League 2 and these will be distributed to the clubs in those divisions in due course.”

Football leagues across football will likely be adopting similar methods as IFAB open up the opportunity to divisions across global football.


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