In keeping with the Premier League and leagues which have restarted across Europe, teams in the Sky Bet Championship will be permitted to make name nine substitutes on the bench for the final stretch of games in the 2019-20 season, and to utilise up to five.
With teams worldwide being thrust back into action mid-season – at a critical time in the run-in – the temporary change in regulations are designed to protect player welfare.
So from our fixture against Stoke City onwards, we will be permitted to name 20 players on the teamsheet, and to use up to 15 of them during the course of the fixture.
To reduce disruption to the match, each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the game. Substitutions may also be made at half time. If both teams make substitutions at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.
In August 2017, Danny Loader became our first ever ‘fourth substitute’ at the age of 16 – our Carabao Cup tie against Millwall went to extra time, and the then-new regulations permitted an extra change to be made during the added 30, on top of the regulation three during normal time.
So it remains to be seen who may be deployed as our inaugural fifth substitute!
With football restarting, it’s all about embracing these changes - that includes our fans. With games now taking place behind closed doors, our supporters are reminded that all Season Ticket holders will be sent a promotional code which will allow them to watch the final nine games on iFollow, while all other fans in the UK and Ireland are able to purchase an iFollow Match Pass for £10.
Make sure you kit out your room in blue and white as you become an 'Armchair Fan' for the run-in, and there’s even an opportunity to get your face inside Madejski Stadium as part of 'Fans in the Stand' – a cardboard cut-out which will give a little bit of a boost to the Royals in action on matchday.