Article 15 Medical staff - Medical

UEFA Medical Regulations

Content Type
Technical Regulations
Specific Regulations
Enforcement Date
1 July 2024

The stadium/hall medical coordinator is the person in overall charge of medical services at the stadium/hall. They must:

  1. organise the pitchside emergency briefing with the pitchside emergency doctor and both team doctors before the match, under the supervision of the match delegate. This meeting should take place 60 minutes before kick-off. The pitchside emergency briefing may also be held during the matchday-1 training sessions, provided that the same pitchside emergency doctor will be present on matchday. All pitch emergency procedures and roles/responsibilities should be agreed at this meeting, including the emergency evacuation route.

  2. organise the inspections as described under Paragraph 12.03.


The host is responsible for ensuring that one pitchside emergency doctor and stretcher team are present and in position at the latest from the time the teams arrive at the stadium/hall, until their departure:

  1. on matchday in all UEFA competitions;

  2. for teams’ matchday -1 training sessions in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women’s Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Conference League, UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA European Women’s Championship including UEFA Women’s Nations League and Women’s European Qualifiers, UEFA Nations League and UEFA Super Cup.


The pitchside emergency doctor must have a good knowledge of English or must speak the languages of both teams.


The pitchside emergency doctor:

  1. is responsible for checking that the required pitchside medical equipment is present;

  2. is responsible for the emergency treatment of the players, team officials, referee team and match officers only;

  3. must arrive at the stadium/hall in enough time to prepare the equipment and medical services so that they are available and operational from when the teams arrive at the venue until their departure;

  4. must be familiar with medical plan of the stadium/hall and the local medical infrastructure;

  5. must be familiar before the match/training session with the specific types/brands of equipment provided, such as the defibrillator and airway and breathing equipment.


The pitchside emergency doctor role may be performed by one of the team doctors only in very exceptional cases and with the prior approval of UEFA's chief medical officer or medical unit, and the agreement of both teams. Team doctors performing the role of pitchside emergency doctor must be trained to provide ALS treatment and to recognise and manage life-threatening conditions.


The stretcher team must be composed of at least two trained carriers, who must:

  1. have a recognised first-aid qualification;

  2. have previous stretcher-carrying experience;

  3. be physically fit enough to safely transport an injured player or official on the stretcher.