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PSL to allow five substitutions for the rest of the season


The PSL has announced that teams will be able to make five substitutions for the rest of the 2019/20 season.

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In addition to the extra substitutions, the PSL has also increased the matchday squads from 18 to 20 players, which means the bench will include nine players.

For cup games, such as the upcoming Nedbank Cup semi-finals, teams will be able to make a sixth substitution if the game goes into extra time.

The changes were made in order to help teams manage their players’ match fitness, after four months without competitive football.

Part of the statement released by the PSL reads:

The League can also confirm that there will be five substitutes allowed in a match for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

This means:

Nine (9) substitutes can be named (not 7) in the team list.

Five substitutions are allowed per club during the game.

Clubs will get three substitution opportunities during the game (plus half time, which isn’t counted as one of the three).

If both teams make substitutions at the same time, this counts as a used “opportunity” for both teams.

In a Cup game, unused substitutions and opportunities are carried into extra time.

Teams will get an additional substitute and an additional substitution opportunity in extra time, taking the total of subs to 6 and opportunities to 4.

Substitutions made before extra time and during half time of extra time don’t count as a lost opportunity.

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