Article 7 Respect for opponents - 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 showing respect to the opponents.


Players are expected to respect their opponents and ensure that their team mates and all other members of the team act in the spirit of fair play.


Negative conduct otherwise punished by means of a yellow or red card may be taken into consideration depending on the seriousness of the offence.


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

  1. efforts to gain time (e.g. bringing the ball quickly back into play, even when in a winning position);

  2. helping an opponent to stand up;

  3. helping an injured opponent;

  4. shaking hands with opponents at the end of the match;

  5. congratulating opponents;

  6. extraordinary gestures of fair play (e.g. informing the referee if a corner or throw-in should have gone to the other team).


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

  1. time-wasting;

  2. tactics based on foul play;

  3. play-acting and simulation of injury;

  4. insulting opponents;

  5. provoking a mass confrontation;

  6. serious fouls against opponents;

  7. spitting at an opponent;

  8. physical aggression towards an opponent (e.g. head butt, punch);

  9. racism and other discrimination.