Football League reverts to five substitutes

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The Football League will revert to five named substitutes for matches this season following a vote by clubs today.

The League had followed the Barclays Premier League in naming seven substitutes for matches last campaign, but clubs frequently struggled to muster 18 players for a matchday squad when injuries hit.

With clubs struggling to fund large squads, it was expected this would be an issue again this season.

"This was felt to be a sensible and prudent step given the financial challenges facing many football clubs and the commitment made earlier this summer to adopt UEFA's Financial Fair Play framework," a league spokesman said.

Teams will still be permitted seven named substitutes in the Carling Cup and FA Cup, but the number will be five in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

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