|SYFA clarification on substitution ruling|
After the previous article (click here), confirming that Scotland had been given permission to experiment within the laws of the game for substitutions, clarification has now arrived to how it will impact young players.
The SERYFA website (click here) stated: "At the latest AGM of the International Football Association Board, on 3rd March 2012, it was agreed, after a proposal on behalf of the SYFA, that the 4 UK Home Nations could introduce a trial system for two years of using all named substitutes in recreational football. For Season 2012/2013 the 19s and 21s will be able to field 5 from 5 named substitutes."
SFA Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, had previously stated: “We are delighted with the modification allowing a more flexible approach to the number of substitutes in the amateur – or as we know it, recreational – game,” he said. “This is a significant change for our Affiliated National Associations and will enable us to encourage as many people as possible to take up the game. Strong, quality growth is a fundamental pillar of our strategy document, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision, and today’s decision will assist our primary objective in that area of doubling the number of participants in the country.”