Serie A Benches Go InternationalBy: The Offside | August 21st, 2012
Well this is a smallish big change which is likely to make waves across the continent: Serie A benches have been extended from 12 players deep to 7, just like internationals. At this point, it’s just Serie A. Other leagues, one would assume, will follow. (Eventually.)
The change, beyond having more options for the coach’s whim, also likely means something crucial: a third goalkeeper. No more John Terry slapping on the gloves and slapping someone’s bottom when he saves a penalty. (Or does anything at all, really.) Granted, third goalkeepers are rarely used and if one is necessary, the likelihood all three subs have been used is decent enough, but it does take a hint of romance out of the proceedings.
This also means a lot of empty spots, one would assume, since not every club can field 23 every weekend. Or spots filled by teenie boppers without a prayer of playing unless it’s a blowout. Which, when you think about it, can only be good for the kids and the wallets of Serie A supremos: fewer game bonuses. Plus it soothes the egos of those once relegated to the stands.