Annex D - Cooling and drinks breaks - Medical

UEFA Medical Regulations

Content Type
Technical Regulations
Specific Regulations
Enforcement Date
1 July 2024

For all UEFA competitions, cooling/drinks breaks may be implemented if high temperatures are expected. In such cases, the UEFA match delegate will take the temperature using ideally a digital wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) thermometer or in exceptional circumstances a similar device, such as a normal thermometer, at head-height at least one metre inside the pitch. This measurement should be taken at the end of the teams' warm-up. If the temperature exceeds 28C WBGT / 30C for youth competitions, or 32C WBGT / 35C for senior competitions, cooling breaks will be implemented by the UEFA match delegate and/or the referee, as per Law 7 of the IFAB Laws of the Game. Any other drinks breaks when the temperature is below those thresholds remain at the discretion of the referee.