Mixed reception over repeat substitutions in County Cup competitions
REPEAT substitution will be allowed in all County Cup competitions from the GFA Senior Amateur Trophy downwards this season, following the introduction nationally of a two-year pilot scheme by the Football Association.
Local soccer leagues below level seven in the pyramid system can also adopt repeat or rolling substitutions, but this has met with a mixed response in the Bristol area.
Repeat substitutions have been successful at youth level for several years and encourages more participation as players who go off can later replace another player and take a further part in the match.
There is no limit to the number of repeat substitutions but the match official can take the appropriate action if the team is delaying the restart of play.
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Five substitutes can be named in County Cup ties and all can been used repeatedly with the consent of the referee, who will keep a record of the players on the pitch at all times.
Repeat substitution will also be used in the District League, Avon League, Churches League, Sunday Premier League and the Regional Sunday League from the start of the season.
Representatives of the Bristol Premier Combination and the Suburban League voted to continue with the present system of three substitutes from five named players whilst the Downs League will review the position at the end of the year.
County Cup ties will now be decided on penalties if the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes and only players on the field at that time can participate in the shootout.
GFA Operations manager Chris Lucker , picured, said: "This scheme is to help encourage more participation at adult level and to reduce the drop out of players who stay involved."
Second-half strikes from Dave Pitcher and Tom Murray earned Torpedo a 4-2 win over Lawes Juniors in the Downs League Charity Cup.
Two goals from Chris Taylor gave Lawes early hope but league champions Torpedo proved too strong with further goals from George Dee and Pete Marsh.