FilGoal | News | Numerous changes to the Euro 2020 regulations due to the Coronavirus


The Executive Committee of the European Football Association (UEFA) has agreed to increase the number of players registered in the Euro 2020 tournament from 23 to 26.

A few days ago, the European Union’s National Teams Committee allowed this before receiving confirmation from the UEFA Executive Committee for the official announcement.

The tournament, postponed since last summer, will be held from June 11 to July 11 next.

UEFA said in a statement: –

On Tuesday, the UEFA Executive Committee approved special rules for the Euro 2020 tournament in order to ensure the continuity of competition in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.

To mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of players available for certain matches due to potential positive corona virus test results and subsequent quarantine measures ordered by the relevant authorities, it has been decided to exceptionally increase the list of players for all participating teams from 23 to 26 players.

However, 23 players must remain the maximum number permitted on the match list (according to Law No. 3 of the Laws of the Game allowing a maximum of 12 substitutes to be named for first-team matches), including 3 goalkeepers.

Once the list of players is submitted on June 1, 2021, the current regulations allow unlimited substitution in the list of players in the event of serious injury or illness before the first match, provided that the replacements are medically approved.

Players who have tested positive for the Coronavirus or who have been declared “in close contact” with a positive person who have contracted the virus = and therefore have been isolated by a decision from the authorities are considered cases of serious illness, and any of them can therefore be replaced before the first match with the approval of the UEFA administration.

The new regulations will now also allow for goalkeepers to be replaced before every match during the tournament in the event of physical incapacitation even if one or two goalkeepers from the list of players remain available.

To ensure the integrity of the competition, a player who has been substituted cannot be re-accepted into the roster.

The spread of the Corona virus caused the championship to be postponed for a year.


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