After the end of the pandemic, Serie A will return to competition and will be accompanied by new regulations. Accordingly, it is likely that teams have 5 substitutions per match instead of 3 as usual. This will affect the performance of the teams, including in the championship race.
When Serie A returns, are clubs allowed to replace 5 people per game?
The 5-person substitution rule per match has been adopted by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) since November 2019. FIGC President Gabriele Gravina personally sent the proposal to the International Football Federation Council (IFAB). This is the agency that decides the rules of the competition in member federations instead of FIFA.
Serie A is the first of five top European leagues that want to change rules. Other prizes in the professional system in Italy also want to apply this new law. The old rule allowed each team to have 3 substitutions per match, out of a total of 12 substitutes registered.
Most likely, Serie A will apply the new law from the 27th round, ie when the solution comes back after the epidemic. Obviously, widespread substitution will greatly affect the team’s performance. The team with abundant force, the better substitute coach will prevail. The three-horse championship race between Juventus, Lazio and Inter is no exception.
Juve is the team with the most abundant force. Their eleven players were able to form a Scudetto rivalry. However, coach Maurizio Sarri is famous for not liking rotation, not good at taking advantage of the depth of the squad. In this season, the replacement of coach Sarri has helped Juve have 5 goals (of which, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have contributed 2 goals each). Lazio, the team with a much weaker reserve, scored 7 goals from the bench (Felipe Caicedo alone contributed 4 goals).
However, Inter is the team with the number of substitutions that lead to surprisingly low goals in Serie A this season. Inter have just earned 1 goal from the reserve players, just over 1 team is SPAL (0 goals). Like Sarri, Conte also dislikes continuous rotation. In his first season at Inter, he set the goal of building the game to the top so he rarely changed players.
The team that has scored the most thanks to the substitutes this season is Atalanta with 14 goals. Gian Piero Gasperini doesn’t have a staging team on the bench like Juve but has a clear substitution strategy. If he continues to stay cool like this for the rest of the season, Atalanta’s breakthrough the top will be obvious.
In general, increasing the number of substitutes allowed to play in a match will make the coach’s ability to read the match important. It should not be overlooked that the schedule will be thicker due to being accumulated due to the epidemic, so the replacement of many players also affects the distribution of forces, the physical coordination of coaches and teams.
Currently, not many experts comment on the impact of this new law on the achievement of teams. The ability to apply immediately in Serie A is also uncertain, currently, only Serie C and Serie D are allowed to apply 100%.
In European football, the Champions League, the Europa League, which are club-level, have agreed to apply instead of 4 people per game, but only from extra time, that is only counted in the knockout matches. This law was approved by UEFA in 2017 and has been applied ever since.
92 – Substitute substitutes have scored a total of 92 goals after 26 rounds in Serie A in the 2019/20 season. Only SPAL is the team that has no substitute players to score this season.
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