UEFA EURO 2020 new game rules are out now. You me be in a shock that these are the new rules in soccer. Yet, these are not the newest games rules yet they pertains to UEFA Euro exclusively. The latest updated rules of UEFA covers everything like what will be the status of the trophy and what number a player can wear.
We believe you have the following knowledge of UEFA EURO 2020: There are 24 teams in six groups vying for a spot in the 16-nation knockout round. A win earns a team three points, with ties resolved by head-to-head comparisons before the overall group comparison begins with goal difference, etc.
The formal regulations, on the other hand, are over 19,000 words long and span 70 pages, and we’ve sifted through them to identify ten rules you might not be aware of.
UEFA EERO 2020 Rules
What happens to the Trophy?
The official UEFA EURO trophy, the Henri Delaunay Cup, which is awarded to the victorious team after the final, is kept by UEFA after the ceremony; the winners receive a full-size replica (which cannot leave the association’s nation without UEFA’s prior written agreement).
The champions will also earn 40 gold medals, while the runners-up will earn 40 silver medals, which will be distributed among the players and staff. A memorial dedicated plaque will be given to each team in the final event.
The Penalty Rule
If two teams are deadlocked in their penultimate group game and draw, a penalty shoot-out is used to determine their group position (unless there is another nation on the same number of points, in which case normal tie-break rules apply).
This scenario has yet to materialize in a senior UEFA EURO, though it may have happened in 2008 in Geneva when the Czech Republic and Turkey were tied for second place in Group A. (in the days of a 16-team tournament when no third-placed countries could progress). With three minutes remaining, Turkey equalized from a two-goal deficit with Nihat Kahveci. A penalty shoot-out for the group stage loomed, but Nihat found a winner in the 89th minute.
Other UEFA championships have had group penalty shoot-outs: in the 2003 Women’s U19 EURO, Sweden beat Italy 4-2 on spot kicks after conceding in extra time to draw the match 3-3 and finish level for second place in their section. Sweden went on to lose on penalties in the semi-finals, after conceding in extra time to Norway.
If two or more teams finish level on points after not playing their final group match against each other, multiple factors are applied to separate them. First, the head-to-head record is taken into account, followed by the overall group comparison, which begins with the goal difference. For more information, see Article 20.01.
Article 21.03 clearly describes how the four best third-placed teams advance to the last 16 as well. This is how eventual winners Portugal qualified for the knockout stage in 2016.
What if the Match can’t be Played?
If a match cannot start or be completed in its entirety, it is usually played or completed the next day, if possible at the same location. A match that has been abandoned is restarted from the moment it was interrupted (with the same scoreline, and with the ball in the same spot). With the following exclusions, teams are allowed to swap players for the rescheduled or resumed game (from their finals squad):
- Players who were suspended, sent off, or substituted during the original game are unable to participate.
- A team with one or more players sent off will be reduced to ten men or less.
- Teams are limited to the amount of substitutions they were authorized to at the time the match was called off.
- On the resumption of the game, yellow cards from the previous game are still valid.
*The match is not played or abandoned if one or both teams have fewer than seven players.
The Idea of Bonus Squad Members
To reduce the danger of teams running out of players due to possible positive COVID-19 tests and associated quarantine measures, all competing teams’ squads have been increased to 26 players. However, the maximum number of players allowed in each match will remain at 23.
In the event of major injury or illness (including COVID-19 or ‘near contact’ to a positive case) after squads have been filed, there can be an unlimited number of substitutions before the first match. Even if one or two goalkeepers in the roster are still available, goalkeepers can be substituted during the tournament in the event of physical infirmity. A player who has been replaced is not eligible to return to the team.
A maximum of five substitutes will be allowed per team, with a sixth substitute allowed only during extra time. A maximum of three stoppages in play may be used by each team to make substitutes (half-time and full time, as well as half-time in extra time, do not reduce the number of stoppages in play that can be used). During extra time, an additional stoppage may be employed.
The Time Rule
Both teams must arrive at the stadium at least 75 minutes prior to kick-off, which is also the deadline for the officials to receive match sheets. A countdown to kick-off is issued to teams, indicating when on-pitch warm-ups can begin and stop, as well as when they should be ready to walk on from the tunnel. The length of each side’s national anthem is limited to 90 seconds.
Even though there will be many more teams at UEFA EURO 2020 than usual, participants must remember to bring their passports because their identity and eligibility will be double-checked. “Each player participating in the competition must have a valid passport or identity card of the country for which he is playing, having a photograph and giving full particulars of his date of birth,” says Regulation 46.02. (day, month, year). Otherwise, he will be disqualified from the competition.”
Shirt numbers between 1 and 26 are allocated to the 26 players. The No1 must be worn by a goalkeeper but the other 25 are at the teams’ discretion. Regulation 56.02 states that sides should have an extra set of unnumbered (or named) goalkeeper shirts in the same two colors as their regular goalkeeper shirts, in case an outfield player has to go in goal during a match.
Take your seat
On the substitutes’ bench, each team is allowed to have a maximum of 18 people: 12 players and six officials, including a team doctor. Five additional technical seats are available to each sides for those providing technical support. The seats will be spaced apart in accordance with the UEFA Return to Play Protocol, and the team sitting will be extended onto the seats behind the actual bench. Additional seats, distinct from the general public, will be made available to each team in the nearby proximity.
The job of a player does not end after the game is over. On or near the pitch, one player from each club (together with the head coaches) must talk to the host broadcaster or their major home TV rights-holding broadcaster (called in the trade as a’super-flash interview’).
Within 15 minutes after the final whistle, the coach and “at least four significant players, i.e. players who had a decisive influence on the result” from each team, including the recognised man of the match, must be available to speak to all TV and radio rights-holders. Flash interviews are what they’re called.
Within 20 minutes of full time, the head coaches must also attend an official press conference. A remote’mixed zone’ will also take place as part of the UEFA Return to Play Protocol. A traditional mixed zone, in which the media waits to interact with players as they pass between the dressing room and the team bus, should not be set up.
The Official Name
The 2018–20 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament, to give it its proper title, is what you will be witnessing unfold. The competition is also known by the acronym “UEFA EURO 2020.” This is the 16th edition, with the 17th scheduled for 2024 in Germany.