EFL publish updated regulations covering Football League, including Sky Bet Championship
- Five substitutions per-game permitted across 2022/23 season
- Home sides able to wear alternative strip to support colourblind supporters
- Full explanations of both changes provided by EFL
Two significant changes have been made to EFL regulations ahead of the 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship season, with amendments to substitutions and kit clashes introduced.
Having been made a temporary measure previously – and maintained within the Emirates FA Cup last season – teams will now be permitted to make up to five substitutions per game across three separate stoppages, not including half-time.
On their website, the EFL explain:
“Clubs will be allowed to name up to seven substitutes and make five substitutions in Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two matches from the 2022-23 season.
“For League matches during the 2021/22 season, Clubs were able to field three substitutes from seven nominated, which has now increased following Friday's Annual General Meeting (AGM) when EFL Clubs approved a number of regulation changes that will come into effect immediately.
“Each Club is only permitted a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions during the fixture, plus an opportunity at half-time, and a Club may make more than the one substitution at each of these opportunities.”
Additionally, home sides will now be allowed to wear an alternate strip should the change make a positive difference for those suffering from colour-blindness, with kit clashes and similar coloured or patterned strips making it difficult for certain supporters to follow the game.
Going into more detail on their site, the EFL have said:
“A Home Club will now be able to wear its ‘away’ or third kit where a clash may occur that would make it difficult for people who are colour blind to differentiate between the kits worn by both teams.
“The amendment also allows Clubs to further ‘mix and match’ elements of their registered kits in order to avoid kit clashes. The EFL will also play a more active role in helping Clubs identify where a potential ‘colour blind kit clash’ may occur to give them adequate notice so that all necessary arrangements can be made in advance.”