Norwich City and other Premier League clubs will be allowed to use five substitutes per match when the season restarts.

The rule change was agreed by Premier League shareholders at a meeting on Thursday.

Normally, Premier League clubs can name seven players on the bench and are only permitted to make three substitutions.

However, they will now be able to increase the number of players on the bench to nine, and five substitutions will be allowed.

The league were given the go ahead to make the changes by the sport's law-making body the International Football Association Board to help compensate for the relatively short amount of time players have been given to get themselves fit for the resumption of the season.

Clubs will now be able to make five substitutions. Credit: PA

The season will get underway again on June 17 after a long break due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Norwich's first game back will be on the weekend of June 19-21.

"For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players," a Premier League spokesperson said.

"This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month.

"Shareholders also approved for clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season."