Harris Tchilimbou of Bloemfontein Celtic and Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game at Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein. Photo: Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix
Harris Tchilimbou of Bloemfontein Celtic and Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game at Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein. Photo: Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

PSL announces changes in substitution rule for remainder of season fixtures

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Aug 4, 2020

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CAPE TOWN – The Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Tuesday announced a change in the rule on match substitution for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season.

The league is set to re-start in four days’ time, with kick-off planned for Saturday afternoon, 08 August 2020.

The first match will be a Nedbank Cup semi-final tie between Bloemfontein Celtic and Baroka FC at Orlando Stadium in Soweto at 14h00.

It will be followed by the second semi-final, Mamelodi Sundowns vs Bidvest Wits at 19h15 at the same venue.

In the statement on Tuesday, the League clarified the changes in substitution:

Instead of the normal seven substitutions, a coach can now name nine replacements per game. Of these, five substitutions may be used, instead of the normal three.

The league is set to re-start in four days’ time, with kick-off planned for Saturday afternoon, 08 August 2020.

What 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.

Staff Reporter

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