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How many subs are allowed at Euro 2020?

Gareth Southgate and Jack Grealish discuss tactics on the side of the pitch

Eyes are on Gareth Southgate as he picks the team for tonight’s match (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Substitutes have already had a huge part to play at Euro 2020 with the tournament now just one game away from someone lifting the trophy

Football fans have enjoyed 50 fixtures so far at Euro 2020 and England supporters will be hoping history can be made in the final against Italy tonight.

Gareth Southgate’s England squad are the first to reach an international tournament final since the World Cup in 1966.

Eyes will now turn to what line-up the two teams might put out in the final.

Each manager named a 26-man squad before the tournament began and the importance of squad rotation has been key – but how often can they utilise their options from the bench?

How many subs are allowed at Euro 2020?

Euro 2020 is the first major tournament in which five substitutes have been used by each team per game.

Each team gets three opportunities to make subs, plus the half-time break.

Should the match go to extra-time, a sixth substitution is allowed exclusively during that period.

UEFA confirmed the measures back in March in order to help ease player workload following a gruelling domestic campaign which was impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

An official UEFA statement read: ‘As the reasons for the five-substitutions rule remain valid against the background of national and international football calendars affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and given that the rule is already in place for the World Cup qualification matches that will run from March 2021 to March 2022, it was decided to extend the amendment to UEFA EURO 2020 in June/July 2021, the UEFA Nations League finals in October 2021 and the UEFA Nations League relegation play-outs in March 2022.’

England fans singing in Leicester Square

Fans celebrated in the streets across the country after England won their semi-final game against Denmark (Picture: PA)

Many of Europe’s top domestic leagues last season were compressed into a shorter period of time, meaning players were afforded little rest in order to complete their club campaigns.

Almost all top-level football typically deploys three subs but that changed last season, including in the Champions League, where five were also used.

In fact, the Premier League, was the only top division in Europe not to have allowed five substitutes for the 2020-21 season.

Those players who feature in the Euro 2020 final don’t have much time to rest with the majority of clubs back in pre-season training already ahead of the Premier League kicking off on August 14.


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