UEFA approves new criteria for national team matches

A few days before the national team matches return, the UEFA Executive Committee has drawn up a protocol for the return of football regarding the current situation of the coronavirus, which has already affected many players and clubs.

The objective of this program is to guarantee the dispute of these matches, with the players and teams being able to travel to the official match venues. However, the cases of positives after tests carried out before matches can lead to groups of players or entire teams being quarantined, and that is why they have wanted to put a series of measures.

1) In the event that a group of players from a selection is placed in quarantine or mandatory isolation by the competent authorities, the match will take place as planned provided that the team has 13 available players, regardless of any other provision of the relevant competition regulations, provided that all players are eligible to represent the relevant under-21 or senior team in accordance with applicable FIFA regulations and have tested negative as required by UEFA Protocol.

2) If a national federation is not in a position to line up a team with the minimum number of players mentioned above (i.e. 13 including at least one goalkeeper), the match will be rescheduled, if possible, on a date to be fixed by the UEFA administration, which will also have the power to assign it to a venue which may be in a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association) if deemed appropriate. In any case, the home team will remain responsible for the organization of the match and all related expenses.

3) If the match cannot be rescheduled, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Discipline Committee will make a decision on the matter. This UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee will declare the match lost to the national federation that is responsible for the fact that the match is not held or cannot be played in its entirety unless this body reaches the conclusion that both teams or neither are responsible for the game not taking place or not being able to be played in its entirety, which means that the game cannot be considered lost. If it cannot be declared lost, the outcome of the match will be decided by a draw (eg 1-0 win, 0-1 loss or 0-0 draw) conducted by the UEFA administration.

4) If any member of the refereeing team designated for a match tests positive for Covid-19, UEFA may, exceptionally, appoint substitute referees who could be of the same nationality as one of the national associations and / or not appear on the FIFA list. .