With the eagerly awaited return of domestic football within touching distance, massive changes are expected.
For most players, the return will bring reprieve after spending over four months without doing what they love – playing in competitive matches. The new normal, an aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, will see more players taking to the pitch.
The PSL, through a statement, confirmed that five substitutes will be permitted when the league resumes over the weekend.
“The League can also confirm that there will be five substitutes allowed in a match for the remainder of the 2019/20 season,” the statement partly read.
PSL matches are usually played at high tempo and it remains to be seen how players will cope with the rigorous demands. The league resumes at a critical stage where all clubs fighting for glory or survival. At the top, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, who number one and two with 48 and 44 points respective, can’t afford to drop any points.
Before continuing their challenge of Chiefs for the PSL championship, Sundowns will battle Bidvest Wits in the Nedbank Cup semifinal at Orlando Stadium this coming Saturday night at 7.15. Their clash would have been preceded by another semifinal involving Baroka FC and Bloemfontein Celtic at 2pm.
The following day will see the GladAfrica Championship kicking off with Real Kings against Cape Umoya at Tsakane Stadium and Richards Bay against TS Sporting at TUKS Stadium at 3.30pm. The PSL has assured that it will be all systems go for the resumption of the league.
“The Premier Soccer League has been working hard together with various stakeholders to ensure that all protocols are strictly followed and implemented ahead of the kick-off on Saturday afternoon, 08 August 2020,” read the statement.
The PSL has also shed light on how the adopted five substitutions will work:
- 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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By Hosea Ramphekwa