Rule 5.1, which specifies that teams comprise "11 field players and two goalkeepers . . . and one reserve goalkeeper who may be used only as a substitute goalkeeper," will no longer be enforced. In other words, teams will be free to select one specialist goalkeeper and 12 field players.
This rule was introduced by BWPL at the request of British Swimming to give senior players more experience of conditions overseas. But with no senior GB squads currently operating, its application seemed less relevant.
Super 5s matches in the new season will continue to feature a maximum of one time-out per team per quarter - plus a five-minute halftime interval. In all other fixtures, it's business as usual - two time-outs per team at any time; and two-minute intervals between periods.
Seven-minute quarters apply in Women's Division 3 and Women's Championship 2; eight-minute quarters in all other matches.