Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga clubs have decided to keep the five – substitute rule for the 2020/21 season. 

The 36 clubs agreed to increase the number of substitute from three to five, the five substitutes was firstly introduced when the league decided to resume and complete the season after the suspension of football caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The five -substitute was also used in the English premiership when it returned in June to close the 2019/2020 season.

Currently, the Premier League clubs have voted against using the five-substitute rule for the upcoming 2020/2021 season.

The Germany Football League (DFL) chief Christian Seifert announced the use of five-substitute rule at the press conference which was held on Thursay ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Seifert said “Corona will accompany us in the coming season as well. The organization and implementation will be more complicated than it was after the restart. After all, in addition to the Bundesliga games, international matches are scheduled in countries that may be risk areas. This will perhaps be the most demanding season in the history of the Bundesliga,”

He continued by saying “The hygiene concept has been unanimously confirmed by all clubs of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga until the end of the season. Violations are therefore sanctionable by the DFL, but this doesn’t affect the private lives of the players. 


“Furthermore, the clubs have decided to stick to the five-substitute rule.”

Both the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga will return on September 18.