UEFA announced on Wednesday that five alternatives will be allowed in Euro 2020 this summer, as football continues to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, UEFA said the decision to allow five players in the late tournament was made because “the rule is already in place for World Cup qualifying matches that will run from March 2021 to March 2022.”
The statement continued: “The reasons for the five substitutions rule remain valid against the background of national and international football calendars affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.”
UEFA added that the rule would also apply for the Nations League Finals in October and the “relegation qualifiers” in March next year.
The move to increase the number of substitutes from three to five in the Champions League and European League has already been implemented, as well as domestic competitions across the continent.
This came due to the tight schedule for the 2020/21 season in Europe, which started late as a result of the pandemic that led to the closing of the previous campaign for a month.