What's in the Report?

The English Premier League introduced the five substitute rule during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic as a temporary solution to aid player safety and recovery. Once coaches and players realized the impact it had on combating fixture congestion and player fatigue, the rule was permanently implemented for the 2022/23 season.

It is now being carried over to this year’s World Cup in Qatar, where high fixture density will be coupled with potentially challenging climatic conditions.

This report, exclusively created by Catapult sports scientists and industry experts, will discuss:

  • How the rule impacts fixture congestion and player health
  • Why periodised training plans are important 
  • The role data analytics plays in injury prevention
  • What the future of sports technology means for the sport of football







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