League Notes: A-League Increases Number Of Players On Bench From Four To Five
A–League coaches "will be given greater tactical flexibility in the upcoming A–League season after the Football Federation of Australia confirmed that the substitutes bench will be increased by one player." The number of players on the bench "will go up from four to five in order to relieve the restrictions placed on coaches during match-day, while the number of substitutions allowed will remain at three" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/15). ... The Palestinian FA on Thursday "urged FIFA to expel Israel from the international federation, saying it had refused to allow several Arab youth teams into the Palestinian territories" (AFP, 8/15).