The Executive Committee of the UEFA has approved this Tuesday a series of special measures for the Euro 2020 to certain contingencies that may arise from the covid-19 pandemic, including increase from 23 to 26 the number of players called up by each team.
This measure has been agreed “to mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of available players for certain matches due to possible positive COVID-19 test results and subsequent quarantines ordered by competent authorities“.
However, UEFA specifies that the maximum number of players that may be registered for each match will be 23, in accordance with Rule 3 of the IFAB (International Board) Laws of the Game, which allows a maximum of twelve substitutes to be named. , including three goalkeepers.
Once each team presents the list on June 1, the regulations allow an unlimited number of substitutions in the relationship in case of injury or serious illness before the first match, provided that the substitutes have the corresponding medical certification.
Footballers who tested positive or who were declared as ‘close contacts’ of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (therefore placed in isolation) are considered cases of serious illness and, therefore, can be substituted before the first match with the approval of the UEFA administration.
This new regulation will also allow the replacement of goalkeepers before each match during the tournament in case of physical disability, even if one or two goalkeepers from the player list are still available.
“To ensure the integrity of the competition, a player who has been substituted on the list of players may not be reinstated.“, says UEFA.