UEFA have confirmed that it has made some more rule changes regarding its primary club competitions from next season.
European football’s governing body had previously confirmed changes to the number of clubs guaranteed entry into the Champions League group stages from next season, as well as the fact that matches will now take place across two time slots on matchnights (as is currently the case with the Europa League), but further changes have now been announced that will directly affect the matches themselves (though will mostly affect the knockout rounds).
The biggest change is the allowance of a fourth substitute to be used by teams in extra time during knockout rounds, a system that will already be familiar to Premier League teams with a similar rule in place in the latter stages of the FA Cup.
In addition, teams will now be allowed to name twelve substitutes in the Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup finals, an increase from the 18 that are allowed in every other match.
There is also a pretty big rule change regarding player registration – one the could have a big bearing on signings made during the January transfer window. From next January onwards, teams can register three additional/replacement players to their European squads without restriction. For example, this change means that while Philippe Coutinho was cup-tied this year having made a mid-season move from Liverpool to Barcelona, this would not have been the case if the move had happened in the 2018/19 season.
The changes have been made in accordance with a new three-year cycle of UEFA’s club competitions from next season.