Article 2 Definitions - Medical

UEFA Medical Regulations

Content Type
Technical Regulations
Specific Regulations
Enforcement Date
1 July 2024

In these regulations, the use of the masculine form refers equally to the feminine.


For the purpose of these regulations, the following definitions apply:

Advanced life support (ALS) ambulance

An ambulance equipped to provide the highest possible level of emergency medical care. As a minimum the ambulance must contain sufficient equipment for resuscitation, as well as equipment with which to manage life-threatening conditions.

Automated external defibrillator (AED)

A portable, easy-to-use medical device that can analyse the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

Concussion Charter

A pledge drawn up by the UEFA Medical Committee and signed by the team doctor, head coach and team representative of every club or national team that qualifies for a UEFA competition, with the aim of reinforcing the importance of good practice in concussion recognition and management, highlighting the concussion procedures to be followed at all UEFA matches and promoting the education of players, coaches and staff about concussion and the procedures in force at UEFA games.


A diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle and reveal any abnormalities.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

A test to measure the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, primarily used to detect heart disorders.

Emergency medical bag

A receptacle that can easily be transported by one person and is large enough to hold all the required pitchside medical equipment.


The club, national association or other entity hosting a UEFA match or competition.

Match official

A referee or other match official as defined in the IFAB Laws of the Game and the FIFA Futsal Laws of the Game respectively.

Medical room

A room in the match stadium/hall that is prepared and reserved for the medical treatment of players, team officials, the match officials and match officers.


A qualified medical technician, nurse or equivalent (as recognised in the country) trained to provide ALS treatment and to recognise and manage life-threatening conditions.

Pitchside emergency doctor

A physician trained to provide ALS treatment and to recognise and manage life-threatening conditions.

Referee team

The group of match officials appointed to officiate at a specific match.

Stadium/hall medical coordinator

The person with overall responsibility for the provision of medical services within a stadium/hall for a specific match, in principale with a medical background.

Therapeutic use exemption (TUE)

An authorisation to use a substance or method that would otherwise be prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Code.