The Community Shield will see the debut of the 5 sub rule and 9 bench players in English women’s football, will also be used in WSL & Championship (unclear if only for start or full season). Clubs were concerned about burnout and injury after no matches since end of February : WomensSoccer

The Community Shield will see the debut of the 5 sub rule and 9 bench players in English women’s football, will also be used in WSL & Championship (unclear if only for start or full season). Clubs were concerned about burnout and injury after no matches since end of February : WomensSoccer

The S*n reported this as an exclusive so sadly I can’t post from any other site, I’ll provide the news without posting the direct link.


The rule, which will also allow the clubs to name nine players on the bench, will also apply for the start of the Women’s Super League and Championship next season.

The board of both divisions approved the decision on Tuesday having closely consulted with all 23 clubs in the top two tiers of women’s football.

SunSport understands that clubs were concerned over player burn-out and injuries given that they have not completed any competitive club fixtures since February.


As I mentioned in the title, the article’s wording currently make things unclear on if this will be only for the first portion of the season or if it’ll be used for the whole season.

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