In an announcement during a press conference on Thursday, the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) has decided to allow the 36 teams from Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga in using five substitutions during a match for the 2020/21 season.
The decision followed right after the Premier League moved back to three substitutions after using five to finish the 2019-20 campaign due to the coronavirus the pandemic.
Football’s rules makers (IFAB) approved the temporary change to the law in May, and in July extended it into the new campaign due to the short turnaround between seasons as a way to reduce fatigue for players through the games, this will be implemented until July 2021 and international competitions until August 2021.
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The German FA had already announced the rule permitting five substitutions would apply in the domestic cup and women’s Bundesliga.
The new men’s Bundesliga season is due to begin on Sept 18 when champions Bayern Munich host Schalke.
The German league maintains an extensive coronavirus testing program towards the new season, while clubs are drawing up plans for fans to eventually return to stadiums.
Senior German politicians said last month that they would not back the Bundesliga’s plans for home fans to return across the country.
It is now up to clubs to get permission from their local authorities, who manage the preventive measures against the coronavirus.
RB Leipzig have been granted to host 8,400 fans – twenty percent of the Red Bull Arena’s capacity – on their first game of the season at home to Mainz scheduled on Sept 20.
Hertha Berlin said they will allow 4,000 supporters to attend their home opener five days later.
League CEO Christian Seifert said on Thursday that he considered concerns about the unfair competition to be exaggerated, even if some teams begin their seasons with fans and others don’t, and that clubs hadn’t voiced their concerns.
Bringing back fans could be “a very important and positive sign, a sign that thousands of people really want to comply with and can comply with hygiene rules,” Seifert said.