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Major Link Soccer: FIFA to allow five subs until August 2021

Another whole season of five subs could be on the horizon.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty of soccer on TV and streaming today, no NWSL till tomorrow but plenty of NWSL to read to prepare you for the knockout stage. A rundown of what teams have to do to qualify for the Champions and Europa Leagues. And a recap of the ridiculous 4-3 match between San Jose and Vancouver where defending was top notch non-existent.


Wales midfielder Jess Fishlock returns to action for American club OL Reign after 13 months out injured. Jess Fishlock: Wales and OL Reign midfielder returns after 13 months out - BBC Sport

In consideration of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Athletic Conference Board of Directors today postponed the start of the fall season competition to no earlier than September 10 for women’s soccer and September 16 for women’s volleyball and men’s soccer. WAC Announces Decision Regarding Fall Competition - Seattle University


The head coach and game-winner Shea Salinas reflect on comeback victory. This game was marred by terrible defending in the 4-3 win. Almeyda’s substitute gamble pays off in San Jose Earthquakes epic win - Center Line Soccer

The Paris-born Mali international will turn 31 next month and was previously targeted by D.C. United in February. Minnesota United targeting French center back Bakaye Dibassy, according to report |


Let’s say something nice about everyone before half the teams exit the tournament. Something to like about every team at the NWSL Challenge Cup so far - All For XI

With every team advancing to the knockout round, coaches had a chance to do some experimentation and tinker in the preliminary round. The Most Interesting Teams in the NWSL Challenge Cup So Far — American Soccer Analysis

The NWSL was the first pro team sport to restart during COVID-19, and Lindsey Horan is adjusting surprisingly well to the new normal. Portland Thorns FC star Lindsey Horan provides a glimpse inside the NWSL bubble | ESPN

Up to $5.3 million from Jrue Holiday’s remaining game checks in 2019-20 will help start the Jrue and Lauren Holiday Social Justice Impact Fund, which is designed to aid communities in New Orleans, Indianapolis and the Los Angeles area. Jrue, Lauren Holiday using Pelicans guard's game checks to launch social justice fund

After being in the “bubble” for some time, the reality of the relatively isolated living situation has begun to sink in. NWSL players, staff grapple with mental health challenges of isolated tournament – Equalizer Soccer


Andonovski can’t work with his players due to the pandemic. He can, however, watch most of them in one location this month, and that’s proving valuable. USWNT's Vlatko Andonovski making most of NWSL tournament | Yahoo Sports


There are relatively short distances between stadiums meaning fans will be able to attend multiple games a day. World Cup 2022 dates and times revealed as FIFA announce four games a day in Qatar

The Premier League and EFL summer transfer window will be open for 10 weeks between 27 July and 5 October, subject to Fifa approval. Premier League & EFL summer transfer window to be from 27 July to 5 October - BBC Sport

Who is likely to qualify for next season’s Champions League and Europa League from England? Who can catch them? Premier League: Who can qualify for Champions League and Europa League? - BBC Sport

Fifa says competitions can choose to continue to allow five substitutes during a match until the end of the 2020-21 season. Fifa says five-substitute rule can remain in place until August 2021 - BBC Sport

Clubs are allowed to register up to six new players for the August mini-tournament which Arsenal must win to qualify for next season’s competition. Uefa's forward thinking creates great Women's Champions League climax | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian

Premier League clubs are in discussions over joining an advertising boycott of companies that fail to promote inclusion and diversity, part of a new front in the battle against online abuse. Premier League clubs move to boycott advertising with firms that 'fuel hatred' | Football | The Guardian


A diverse party is a strong party - strengthen the party at WotC Job Application for Senior Manager Diversity Equity & Inclusion at Wizards of the Coast

What’s on TV?

6:00 AM - Atlanta United v. FC Cincinnati - MLS is Back - ESPN

9:00 AM - Leeds United v. Barnsley - EFL Championship - ESPN+

10:00 AM - Leicester City v. Sheffield United - Premier League - NBCSN

10:00 AM - Everton v. Aston Villa - Premier League - Peacock, NBC Gold

10:00 AM - Norrköping v. Örebro - Allsvenskan - ESPN+

10:45 AM - Torino v. Genoa - Serie A - ESPN, ESPN Deportes

12:15 PM - Crystal Palace v. Manchester United - Premier League - NBCSN

12:15 PM - Southampton v. Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League - Peacock, NBC Gold

12:45 PM - SPAL v. Inter Milan - Serie A - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Montreal Impact v. Toronto FC - MLS is Back - FS1, TUDN

6:00 PM - Orange County SC v. Phoenix Rising - USL Championship - ESPN2

7:00 PM - Chivas de Guadalajara v. Club America - Copa por Mexico - Univision

7:30 PM - Columbus Crew v. New York Red Bulls - MLS is Back - FS1, TUDN

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