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# When did substitutions first start in football?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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11y ago

Mike Gibson replaced Barry John in the Lion's first test against South Africa in 1968 was the first official replacement in a test match (although replacements happened unofficially in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia before that.

Tactical substitutions were introduced in 1996 (three replacements).

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13y ago

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11y ago

There have alwayas been reserves, but where only allowed to come on for injurys. But reserves as we know it came in in 1996

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