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🔁 EFL amends rules to allow five subs again

Squad size increased to 20; five changes allowed

18 November 2020

The EFL has ruled that, as of this weekend, teams in the Sky Bet Championship will be permitted to make five substitutions once again.

For Championship clubs, that will allow sides to name nine subs (therefore a 20-man squad), whereas Leagues One and Two will be able to make five changes from a seven-man bench.

As was in place for Project Restart back in June, there will be measures in place to prevent excessive disruption to matches. In line with the decisions of the International FA Board (IFAB), each side will be allowed three distinct opportunities to use their subs during the course of the game, on top of an additional opportunity to make changes at half-time.

We first took advantage of the chance to use all fives subs when we faced Luton back in July – Sam Baldock and Omar Richards came on as our fourth and fifth changes during our 5-0 win at Kenilworth Road.
And as of this weekend when we visit AFC Bournemouth, we will have the opportunity to make five changes again should we wish owing to the amendment to Regulation 33.4.

This immediate change is permitted as a result of the EFL Board issuing its latest Board Directive. Board Directives currently expire on 28th February 2021, and the EFL Board will in due course propose a change to Regulations to formalise this for the remainder of the season.


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