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Dec 252011
 

We are of course all perfectly aware of how the game has changed over the last decade or so. And of how much more importance is now laid at the feet of squad players. Gone are the years of first elevens with “back-ups” to cover for the odd injury here or there.

No, within these heady times of the multi-million pound earners, the depth and more importantly the quality of their number must be forever improved upon to ensure continuing success. With managers not only tactically rotating footballers to avoid injury, but to directly exploit an oppositions weakness by bringing in a “squad player” for a specific game, the importance is relevent now more than ever. Unfortunately though and this is the point of my article. As we know the Premier League only permits the naming of seven substitutes with the use of three of those during each game. 

I began to wonder then if it were not time for a change too in how the allocated numbers are used. Below are the given specifics of the squad ruling. 

  • At the close of each transfer window teams must announce a squad list of 25 players. 
  • Eight of these 25 must be “home grown,” meaning they have been associated with the FA or Welsh FA for three seasons (or 36 months) prior to their 21st birthday. Home-grown does not refer to nationality, simply how many years spent in England as a youngster.
  • In addition to their 25, teams can include an unlimited number of players under the age of 21. Players under the age of 21 in this context were born on or after January 1, 1989.
  • Clubs can change their squad list only during transfer windows, with a provisional rule in place for extenuating circumstances (like goalkeeping crises). The registered squad can be changed freely during transfer windows.
  • These squad rules are in effect only for Premier League matches. These rules do not apply to the Champions League, Carling Cup, or FA Cup.
  • Of these numbers seven shall be named as substitutes on match day, with three permited to be used on the field of play.
Seeing then how such importance is placed upon the squad, both by the FA and the Premier League would it not benefit the game to allow the manager to work from the entirety of its number on any given match day? Whilst raising the amount of substitutes from the current three to a more useful six. In my opinion this would go some way towards helping prevent further player unrest, as it would allow many more players to ply their trade at your club on a much more regular basis.
With debates then raging over goal line technology, the usage of the fourth officials and replays to more effect, both of which I am fully behind. I wish to add another ingredient to the recipe that makes us all drool with anticipation. 
 Posted by at 13:20

  9 Responses to “Time for a New Ruling on Game day Squad and Substitute Numbers?”

  1. 6 subs per side? You could have up to 12 substitutions in one game! Would you not like to watch some football between substitutions?

    • You’ve got ninety minutes of football and it takes about two minutes to bring a player on if that. Besides which six was only an estimate five or even four would work. My main point was to include the whole squad on a match day to give the manager more choice and make the squad feel invoLved..

      Or what about three subs as it is now plus two under twenty ones?

  2. I could maybe agree with an increase to 4, but only if all 3 subs had been used and an injury was picked up afterwards.. but 6 subs is far too many.. it completely ruins international friendlies with that many subs, so no way would I want to see it in the premier league

  3. This looks like it should be posted on the 1st of April
    The whole squad is not 25 but unlimited as it contains an unspecified number of under 21 players.

    Maybe the substitution of injured players should not be included in the number of subs used

    • Good point about the injured players not being included in the substitution plan. Though I suspect some managers might tell a player who is not performing to fain injury.

  4. Utter Utter Garbage. Can’t be bothered to qualify that because I have already wasted too much time on this garbage.

  5. Daft. Have you ever watched an England game where 7 substitutions are permitted? The game becomes a waste of time as a viewing spectacle.

    • In what way does it become a complete waste? If you’re going to take time out of your day to blog, at least be constructive. Sid clearly deserves to die with the cause of death being numerous kicks to the nuts.

      Every great sport has unlimited substitions i.e., American football, Hockey, Basketball, Baseball etc. and while i can understand, because of the stress put on fluidity in football, that unlimited subs would get a bit time consuming but three is surely not enough. In sport that runs two parts of 45 minutes that consists of almost constant running it would be nice to see some more added energy in the last 20-30 minutes. In all honesty, if the rules had always allowed 5 subs and just now they were trying to lower it to 3 im sure you’d find that a bit ridiculous.

      I live in Colorado, US, and have watched almost every Tottenham game for the better part of three years. You start to feel for younger players, and fringe players such as Niko, Sandro, Defoe, Giovani, Pienaar, Towns, Rose… who can’t get game time partly because of limited subs.. ok, im going to stop rambling with the point being, more subs = more energy, less predictabilty, better opportunities for fringe and younger footballers, breaks for aging players with virtually no knees just thigh, calf and foot (Ledley of course), and a couple more much need bathroom runs in a usually booze induced 90 minutes.

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