Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) have revealed an update to the present rules for the Champions League and Europa League which will enable clubs to have a team of 23 players in the final and make a fourth substitute should additional time follow.
The European football governing body has reported yet more changes to UCL & UEL from next season, with 12 substitutes rather than the seven permitted in the finals of each competition.
The run additionally applies to the Super Cup, with Uefa saying the expansion of substitute option will give “clubs and, specifically, coaches more flexibility” and enable them to “facilitate their squad management for the most vital fixture of the season”
With the renowned competitions effectively well in progress, these modifications will come into play in the 2018/19 season.
Be that as it may, after February’s UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Bratislava and the decision taken by football’s lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), on 3 March in Zurich, more changes have been affirmed in connection to the new club competition regulations becoming effective for the 2018/19 campaign.
With UEFA’s club competition entering another three-year-cycle beginning next season, a few key changes have just been declared as part a new development to the beautiful game of football.
Another intriguing change is that teams in the Europa League now have the opportunity to sport a multiple-winner badge which can be earned by either winning the competition five times or lifting the trophy three years on the trot. The way things are, Sevilla are the only side ready to wear the new badge given their record of five triumphs.
- Teams can have 12 substitutes at their disposal in the final.
- Teams can make a fourth substitute in the knockout rounds during extra-time.
- Clubs can register three new eligible players ‘without any restrictions’ to allow for winter transfers: This is in line with the existing regulatory situation in the different domestic leagues, which does not impose restrictions on the eligibility for competitions of players registered for a new club during the winter transfer window.
- Champions League kick-offs will be at 20:00 GMT (15 minutes later than the current time of 19:45).
- UEFA Champions League play-offs, group-stage games, the round of 16 matches, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will kick off at 21:00 CET. However, on every group-stage matchday, two of the Tuesday and two of the Wednesday matches will kick off at 18:55 CET. All fixtures on the last matchday will be played simultaneously. Exceptions to this rule can be made by the UEFA administration.
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