UEFA is currently making progress on deciding some details in EURO 2020 this summer. The football governing body in Europe has reportedly confirmed that the five substitution regulation is officially allowed. Such decision is no longer a surprise as the five replacements policy in one game has been imposed since the major European leagues restarted in early 2020 when the first lockdown was lifted. It has been continually used in continental competitions this season and the recent world cup European qualifiers.
"The rule is already in place for the World Cup qualification matches that will run from March 2021 to March 2022. The reasons for the five-substitutions rule remain valid against the background of national and international football calendars affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," UEFA stated.
This rule will also be applied for UEFA Nations League semifinals in October and its relegation play off plus World Cup play off series in March 2022. The main reason behind their decision is simply to enable the team's optimal performance as well as level the player's high workload because of the tight fixtures during the world pandemic. It could also minimise the risks of piling up injuries in the team during thr tournament.
Such is definitely a good news for the whole contestants. Unfortunately, UEFA executive committee does not guarantee the percentage of the allowed fans in the stadium as they are no longer the authorised party for such decision. Therefore, the minimum 30 percent limit capacity for each hosting venue has been lifted. The local government of the host nations will the one who would be in charge of determining the proper number spectators can attend the stadium.
So far, only England and Scotland are confident of having the fans back next summer after months of games behind closed doors considering the decreasing case of contraction. However, in other host nations like Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Romania, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Germany, no fixed decision on such issue has been made yet, while Russia and Ireland are still weighing its possibility.
The upcoming EURO is a delayed one from last year's edition due to the covid-19 pandemic. The future of holding this pan European basis tournament during the outbreak plus the travel bans in the entire countries in the continent almost casted doubts on keeping the original format and a number of back-up plans have been proposed. Yet, UEFA remains committed not to change the format and hosts, especially when the vaccination has been in progress throughout the continent.