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Football Changes To See The Season Through


The Premier League is finally back as football events across Europe get underway once again, but this isn't without change as measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of staff and players alike. Many of these changes may only be here in the short term, but there's also the possibility that some may become a permanent fixture.

Stadiums split into three zones - The first of the changes can be seen in the traffic light system put in place for stadiums as they're split into three zones - green, amber, and red. The ‘red zone' will be the most restricted zone which includes the pitch, tunnel, and technical areas - it will be accessible only to those who have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past five days, and will be limited to only essential personnel. Amber zones have been set out for contractual requirements needed to meet for broadcasting and media, as well as any additional club staff that may not be deemed essential. And finally the green zone is for the stadium exterior such as the car park. There is a limit to 300 personnel for teams, and as such for players, support staff and other club staff are limited to around 150 people.

COVID-19 stadium seating plan
(Image from mirror.co.uk)

Changes in ruleset - There haven't been many changes announced for the rules in general, it's well known that no fans will be in attendance, for example, but one change that has been made could greatly benefit some teams - a change to substitution rules. Teams will now be allowed to make five substitutions per game, and are allowed an additional two players to be considered for substitution. It has been noted that players could be at an increased risk of injury due to the bigger schedule they'll be playing to, these additional substitutions could be a measure to help reduce this risk.

A packed schedule - As mentioned too, a big change can be seen within the scheduling - in order to meet the deadline of September to see the 19/20 season out and to usher the 20/21 season in, a lot of games will need to be played. This is most certainly a short term change that we won't be seeing moving into the 20/21 season but it is exciting for fans given there hasn't been any football for the past two or three months.

This packed schedule is great news for fans in other sports too - there have been recent changes to betting and gambling regulation within the UK has gamstop has been made mandatory for UK operators, meaning many have had to register in other countries, this has led to a rising number of non gamstop horse racing sites at TBC along with other betting and online casino services - an exciting time for punters across all sports, as it seems many are finally on the path to return to what could be considered normal - the next step will be getting fans back in the stadium, but this could yet be some time away.



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