Article 10 Behaviour of spectators - Fair Play

UEFA Fair Play Regulations

Content Type
Technical Regulations
Specific Regulations
Fair Play
English (United Kingdom)
Enforcement Date
1 July 2015

Each team is awarded points from a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 10 for the behaviour of its spectators. This criterion can only be assessed if a substantial number of fans of the team concerned are present.


Spectators are expected to encourage their teams by singing and shouting and to create a positive atmosphere in the spirit of fair play. They must respect each other, the players and team officials and the referee team. The spectators should acknowledge the other team’s performance, even in defeat, and must in no way intimidate or frighten the opposing team, the referee team or opposing supporters.


The following positive attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

  1. applauding the opposition;

  2. fan choreography;

  3. supportive songs despite disappointing score;

  4. standing ovation for an opponent (e.g. when substituted).


The following negative attitudes are taken into consideration (non-exhaustive list):

  1. one or more spectators running onto the pitch;

  2. insulting chants;

  3. using or throwing pyrotechnics;

  4. using laser pointers;

  5. violence inside or in the immediate vicinity of the stadium (e.g. against opposition fans, police or stewards);

  6. racism and discrimination.