Cape Town - UEFA
has changed its rules for player registrations, allowing up to three
January signings to play for their new clubs in the Champions League and
The administrative body confirmed several changes to their
regulations for Europe's premier competitions, which will be applied
from the start of next season.
The most significant of these will see January signings eligible to play for their new clubs.
"Regarding the registration of players after a group stage of the
UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, a club may register three
new eligible players without any restrictions," UEFA said.
Had this rule been in place at the start of the season, the likes of
Philippe Coutinho would have been allowed to play for Barcelona in the
Champions League, while new Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
could have turned out in the Europa League.
UEFA also confirmed that from next season, clubs reaching the finals
of the Champions League final, Europa League final or Super Cup would be
able to use a 23-player squad instead of 18.
"This will allow 12 substitutes (instead of seven) to sit on the
bench in these finals – giving clubs and, in particular, coaches more
flexibility regarding substitutes, and facilitate their squad management
for the most important fixture of the season," they said.
From the 2018/19 season, a fourth substitute listed on the match
sheet will also be allowed to take part in knockout matches exclusively
during extra time.