After more than two months of no football activity, the beautiful game is finally making a come back for fans all over the world, and the first major European league to resume their current season is the Bundesliga. However, as the COVID-19 crisis is still prevalent, the German top flight is returning this May 16th with behind closed doors matches for the rest of the season, but its not the only latest regulation. The league will now allow up to five substitutions in a game, and the relegation system will also be in effect, as 2. Bundesliga will also see itself in action.
The rules were confirmed through an official statement from German Football League (DFL) on Thursday, after a joint video conference with the presence of all league members, where the application of the upcoming changes for the 9 match days remaining in the 2019-20 season were discussed.
From the usual regulation of a maximum of three substitutions per match, it was raised to five after receiving green light from the The International Football Association Board (IFAB) a week ago. However, the change is only temporary with an aim to ‘protect player welfare.’
“From now on, each club will have a total of three opportunities to substitute players during a game, including the half-time break, “ a statement from the DFL read.
“If there is extra time in the second leg of the relegation play-offs, both teams are given a fourth opportunity to change players, which they can use in the interruption between regular time and extra time or in the half-time period of extra time,” the statement added.
The season is currently scheduled to be over by June, but in case of any further postponement due to any future Coronavirus threat, the league can be extended into July, the it was further appended.
“(The assembly) unanimously confirmed, with one abstention, the intention to carry out the current 2019/20 season in its entirety, including relegation, as far as legally possible and, if necessary, to continue beyond 30 June in July,” DFL said relarding the relegation.
As of now, Werder Bremen and Paderborn 07 are down in the relegation zone, and Fortuna Düsseldorf in the playoff position. Bayern Munich leads the table, with Borussia Dortmund in second.