Five subs, three goalies, three rejects: Euro 2020 substitution and squad rules explained

Euro 2020 substitutions
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For many Euro 2020 viewers, football fans or not, the start of the competition has brought some confusion around seemingly never-ending substitutions. 

This is because the rules were changed for this summer’s showcase tournament, allowing each team to make five changes during a game.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.