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Chelsea will make a return to the Champions League next season after a season without Champions League football.
For next season’s Champions League, nine new rule changes will be brought into the competition.
1. Chelsea will be able to name 12 substitutes
Teams competing in the Champions League next season will be allowed to name 12 substitutes. However, only three substitutes will still be allowed to be used, unless a game goes to extra-time where a fourth becomes available.
2. Defensive wall
Attacking players won’t be able to stand in the wall of a free-kick. During free-kicks, attacking players must stand at least one metre away from where the wall is situated.
This rule will also be introduced in the Premier League next season.
3. Goalkeepers and penalties
During penalties, the goalkeeper must have at least one foot on the goal line. Goalkeepers will also not be allowed to touch the goalposts during penalties to avoid making the crossbar wobble to put off the forward.
4. Players must leave pitch at nearest possible place when being substituted off
To avoid time wasting during substitutions, a player being substituted off must leave the pitch at the nearest possible place, as oppose to the halfway line where the player he is replacing comes on from.
5. Managers will be shown yellow and red cards
Just like players, managers will be shown yellow and red cards in next season’s Champions League.
6. Hand-ball influenced goals won’t stand
Whether intentional or unintentional, a goal that results from the ball touching the hand or arm won’t stand. It also applies even if a hand is used in the creation of the goal.