Favors Substitutions in Soccer
Substitutions in soccer games are a much discussed question at the present time. In the college sport and several amateur leagues substitutions have been passed upon as favorable. Various views are presented in regards to the substitutions and some pretty strong arguments heard favoring. J. Harry Carpenter, coach of the Lehigh University soccer team and at one time actively associated with the Bethlehem Steel F. C. presents his views in regards to substitutions in the following:
"Substitutions for injured players who cannot continue in a soccer game is forcing cognizance in various leagues as well as colleges. The latest in this district are the National and Allied Leagues of Philadelphia which have adopted the one player substitute rule. These leagues have vested the referee with the power of determining whether a player can continue or not.
That this is a step in the right direction is the belief of many critics and followers of other sports where substitutions are allowed. The laws of soccer state that the game shall be played with eleven men on each side so if one team meets with misfortune and is deprived of one or more players during any part of the game the competition is unequal.
"I have personally heard players voice their sentiments against playing under this ruling and I am satisfied that the game is not played with the same spirit and fight as it should be where a team is competing under a handicap of one or even two players.
"The time is ripe for change. The English and Scottish football associations made two important changes this last year. One is the offside rule and the other the throw in from touch. A similar revision to include substitutes it is believed would be to the benefit of the game. Intercollegiate soccer rules called for two substitutes until this year. Now it has changed to three. It also changes the rule of two forty-five minute halves to be split up into four quarters, totaling the same period of time. However, it is the substitution of players in which I am most concerned and believe that it would be a wise move if the professional clubs took steps in that direction."