Clubs will revert to seven substitutes

FOOTBALL League clubs have voted in favour of the reintroduction of seven substitutes from next season.

Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas confirmed that the U’s were one of the clubs who backed the proposal, which sees the strength of the bench return to seven from five.

Another motion to be passed was the encouraging of sportsmanship and curbing of gamesmanship.

Clubs agreed to instruct managers, coaches and players to discourage actions which bring the game’s reputation into disrepute, such as showing disrespect to match officials, diving/simulation, time wasting and feigning injury.

The League will request that referees support this initiative next season by acting more robustly against obstructing the quick taking of free-kicks and stealing ground at throw-ins.

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11:25am Sat 2 Jun 12

bigchet says...

im afraid my football began in pre -substitution days when if a player was unable to continue you played on with 10 men,which was unfortunate but i feel that subbing players for purely tactical reasons does not force the manager to stick to his original 12 which surely are his best available. increasing the nos of subs to 7 will be another advantage for the larger clubs and i can see the day when we follow the u.s. in allowing players to to be interchanged at will.
im afraid my football began in pre -substitution days when if a player was unable to continue you played on with 10 men,which was unfortunate but i feel that subbing players for purely tactical reasons does not force the manager to stick to his original 12 which surely are his best available. increasing the nos of subs to 7 will be another advantage for the larger clubs and i can see the day when we follow the u.s. in allowing players to to be interchanged at will. bigchet
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3:00pm Thu 7 Jun 12

gnash21 says...

We could have done with 7 on the bench last season. When Keepers get sent off or can't play on we would have subbed them if we had 7 on the bench. Gives us more options which sometimes we need.
We could have done with 7 on the bench last season. When Keepers get sent off or can't play on we would have subbed them if we had 7 on the bench. Gives us more options which sometimes we need. gnash21
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