English Football League (EFL) have announced that changes to the substitution rules plus the launch of an anti-streaming campaign.
This decision on substitution rules comes following consultations between clubs and the EFL board with an agreement that all clubs are able to make up to five substitutions from Friday 20 November until end of 202-21 season in May 2021.
As a consequence, Regulation 33.4 has been amended to allow Championship teams to name nine subs on a team sheet whilst League One and Two clubs can name up to seven players as substitutes, with all teams permitted to make a maximum of five changes.
This announcement represents a return to Project Restart scenario under which clubs were able to make up to five substitutions due to the hectic fixtures schedule to complete 2019-20 season.
EFL Launch ‘Support Your Clubs Not Illegal Streams’ Campaign
EFL and all 72 member clubs have launched the ‘Support Your Clubs Not Illegal Streams’ campaign in order to tackle illegal streaming which removes vital revenue from teams
This comes following the increased importance of iFollow in allowing fans to watch matches which are currently being held behind closed doors, with the service being one of a limited number of income streams available under these challenging circumstances.
Clubs are therefore losing up to a third of their income due to illegal streaming this season, although it is expected that the losses are potentially higher when factoring in individual streams.
EFL have announced that over 7,000 illegal EFL streams have been detected so far this season with 170 on average viewing each illegal stream, which totals nearly 1.2m people whilst UK based supporters accessing iFollow or club’s own streaming services via VPN are doing so illegally.
Failure to adhere to iFollow terms when subscribing is a serious breach and EFL are allowed to terminate subscriptions if so wish, whilst clubs streaming via their own services are also expected to have similar rights in their terms and conditions.
Fans therefore can either follow their clubs via either iFollow or a similar streaming service if their club aren’t part of iFollow and instead operate their own streaming options, as long as they abide by terms and conditions of their subscriptions.