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Temporary EFL Rule Changes

Please see below some of the temporary rule changes and protocols that will be in place for the remainder of the 2019/20 season across all EFL matches.

One of those rule changes include the number of substitutes used during a match which will increase
from three to five players.
  • Each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions.
  • If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.
  • In a normal 90 minute fixture, once all three opportunities have been used, no further substitutions can be made.
  • Unused substitutions and opportunities are carried forward into extra time, where applicable.
  • Where Competition rules allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams will each have one additional substitution opportunity; substitutions may also be made before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.

Temporary Loan Transfers
  • A maximum of 6 Players registered on a Temporary Loan Transfer can be named on a team sheet
  • This maximum shall reduce to 5 Players where a Club names a Player on the team sheet who is registered on an Emergency Goalkeeper Loan
  • Maximum of 5 Players on a Temporary Loan Transfer permitted on the field of play at one time.
Walkout Protocol
  • Players and Match Official entry will be staggered onto the pitch.
  • There will be no handshakes. Players to take up on pitch positions in the same half as they warmed up ready for kick off.

Matchday Behaviour
Social distancing measures should be maintained whenever possible including during goal celebrations, in the warm-up, when entering and leaving the pitch, and at all times with the match Officials.

Techinical Area
Those in the technical area must behave in a responsible manner and maintain social distancing measures with the Fourth Official

Pre-match activity
The EFL and its Clubs will stand together in solidarity against racial discrimination through a powerful online video campaign to say we don’t and will not accept prejudice, not today or any day.

Players from EFL Clubs returning to play this week will take part in the videos that will be issued across multiple platforms, to demand more from each other; more inclusion, respect and equality and offer support to our colleagues, friends and members of the wider community who continue to be subjected to unacceptable forms of discrimination.

In addition, the EFL will also say thank you to NHS key workers at fixtures across this weekend.

Players will wear shirts featuring an ‘NHS Rainbow – Thank You’ emblem and a period of applause will take place prior to all matches from 18-21 June 2020.


  • Still cant work out this 3 sub opportunities. 

    Not 3 per team, but 3 overall?

    So one team could make 3 subs, and if the other doesnt make changes at the same time, they cant make any?

    And what happens if a player gets injured, you still have subs, but cant make one? That surely puts others at risk of injury by having to work harder to cover for being a man short?

    Seems a bit daft, and not thought through properly, if my understanding is correct.
  • Hi Mark , I guess they are concerned  with the amount of time substitutions  take ,
    Just think you have both teams make 5 separate subs , that's over 5 mins extra  or even longer .
  • Hi @Mark_Jack_London - it does say... "Each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions." :)
  • The keeping your distance rule with regards to the match officials is something that I wholeheartedly agree with keeping even after the C-19 rules are relaxed for other aspects of the game. It really does get my goat when the players swarm around them trying to influence their decisions telling them to fck off etc. The team Captain should be the only one who can approach the ref and it should be in a polite and respectful manner at 2 metres for now and closer when the rules are relaxed but not in his face.
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