The summer is approaching and so is the EURO. No wonder that UEFA has introduced several new regulations regarding the match and its preparation to adapt with the current world pandemic for the sake of all contestants' welfare and safety. It includes the final squad extension, which has been discussed earlier, the players replacement, rescheduling matches and any other issue related to covid-19 contraction. Here are the updated rules for the next summer tournament:
- The final squad extension: UEFA had confirmed that regular 23-name squad for the major tournament can be added to 26. However, the number of players allowed to be registered per match is still 23 as it is in accordance with the Law 3 of the IFAB Laws of the Game, which states only 12 subtitutes are allowed for one international match. The squad final submission is on June, 1.
- The player replacement: the replacement for any players contracted coronavirus or suffered serious injury or illness can be done before the first match. Moreover the goalkeepers can be replaced throughout the tournament, even if they still have already got one or two goalies in the squad. Once the players are written off the squad list, they can not be enlisted again.
- The match and rescheduling: Each team can have minimum 13 players, including one goalkeeper per match. If the team can not provide such number, the match shall be rescheduled within 48 hours, probably in different venue. However, should they fail to do so, then the team will forfeit a 3-0 loss. Such policy has been imposed in the last UEFA Nations League for Ukraine and Norway due to being unable to have such adequate number of players before the match as some of their players had to go through the isolation, having tested positive of COVID-19.
- Substitution during the match: Each team is given permission to make up to five substitution in each match, as it has been overruled in most competitions in Europe today.
This new adjusted regulations have certainly been positively welcomed by the teams, especially for those with fairly deep pools of players. One of the favorites, Belgium, through their manager, Roberto Martinez comments on the changes positively.
“I think it's something that's needed. It would match the changes that have been made in the current situation in world football, with the five substitutions, the uncertainty of the pandemic attack and the extra level of injuries, it would be a good thing.”