CARABAO CUP semi-final teams will be allowed five substitutions – but not a sixth if the game goes to extra-time.
EFL bosses confirmed the change in regulations when the last four begins as Tottenham take on Brentford on Tuesday night.
Carabao Cup semi-final teams can now make FIVE subs across three opportunitiesCredit: PA:Press Association
Teams will now be able to make five subs across a maximum of THREE opportunities.
Ties will now go to extra-time – rather than straight to penalties as it had been during the earlier stages – where applicable.
But teams will not be granted an additional, sixth sub for the extra half an hour.
The EFL decision will meet the approval of Etihad boss Pep Guardiola.
A league spokesman explained: “The EFL has agreed to increase the number of substitutes permitted to be used in this season’s Carabao Cup semi-finals and final.
“Following consultation with the four clubs remaining in the competition, nine substitutes can now be named in the matchday squad.
“Five [are] permitted to take to the pitch during the 90 minutes and extra time if applicable.
“Each team is only permitted a maximum of three opportunities (excluding half-time, full-time and half-time of extra-time) to make substitutions during normal time.
“However, if a tie goes to extra time, an additional opportunity to use a substitute(s) will also be permitted but only from the five substitutes allowed.”
Until this stage, ties had gone straight to penalties after 90 minutes.
Spurs – who eliminated Chelsea – are among the shoot-out winners.
However, the rules had already confirmed that extra-time would be available for the semi-finals and final if needed.