Article 4 Definition of terms - Equipment

UEFA Equipment Regulations

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Technical Regulations
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Specific Regulations
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Equipment
EnforcementDate
1 June 2018
4.01

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

Additional special equipment

Any special equipment items worn or used by players or staff other than the special equipment worn on the field of play, e.g.:

  1. warm-up bibs;

  2. bags (equipment bags, medical bag, etc.);

  3. bottles;

  4. towels.

Alternative playing attire

Third-choice, fourth-choice, etc. playing attire approved for use by a team during the season.

Anthem jacket

The specific jacket or top worn on the field of play by a team’s players for opening ceremonies and player line-ups.

Attire

All the items of playing attire and non-playing attire worn by a team’s players and staff.

Coat of arms and flag of town or region

A symbol or emblem officially registered and used by the city, town, village or region where the team has its headquarters.

Collar zone

A 5cm-wide band around the neck of the shirt (where no actual collar is presented) or around the base of a clearly defined structural collar.

Complete sample set

A set of playing attire consisting of one shirt, one pair of shorts and one pair of socks as used for competition matches including a sample shirt number and, if relevant, name, as well as the team and manufacturer identifications, sponsor advertising and charity logos that the team intends to use on its playing attire.

Controlled stadium area

The stadium and surrounding areas (including the field of play, technical area, dressing rooms, grandstands, hospitality areas, media areas and parking places) under the control of the stadium owner.

Country name

The official name of the country that a team is representing.

Decorative element

Any visual representation (including but not limited to pictures, images, illustrations and symbols) that appears on or is incorporated into an equipment item and which is not defined elsewhere within these regulations.

Delta L

The formula used to calculate the contrast between a pair of colour samples.

Elbow point

The part of a sleeve that covers the elbow, i.e. the outer part of the joint between the upper arm and the forearm.

Electronic performance and tracking systems

Equipment worn by players to record technical information during the course of a training session and/or match.

Embossing

Method of adding texture to the surface of a fabric using heated rollers under pressure to produce a combination of raised and flat areas. Also known as calendaring.

Equipment

All attire, special equipment worn on the field of play and additional special equipment worn or used in the context of a UEFA competition match.

First-choice goalkeeper attire

The goalkeeper attire that the goalkeeper usually wears (sometimes referred to as "home" goalkeeper attire).

First-choice outfield player attire

The playing attire that the outfield players usually wear for football matches (sometimes referred to as "home" outfield player attire).

Goalkeeper attire

The specific playing attire worn by goalkeepers.

Jacquard

A type of knitting machine that allows complex and highly detailed patterned knits to be created and repeated every centimetre or more, depending on the complexity of the machine.

Jacquard weave

A method of weaving which incorporates a specific pattern into a fabric using threads of the same colour as the surrounding fabric.

Laws of the Game

The Laws of the Game as issued by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) or by the FIFA Council for specific categories of football (e.g. futsal).

Left & Right

Refers to the side of the body (left or right) as viewed by the person wearing the item of attire in question.

Manufacturer

A company that designs, produces (directly or through a non-branded licensee) and sells products bearing its own manufacturer trademarks for use in the sports market. Suppliers and other entities that distribute such products are not considered manufacturers.

Manufacturer composite mark

Any sign, device or logo made up of a combination of a manufacturer word mark and a manufacturer design mark in one single representation.

Manufacturer design mark

A sign, device or logo linked with a manufacturer, represented graphically and without any letters.

Manufacturer product line

Products (clothes, equipment items etc.) which are all from the same collection or use the same technology in respect of which a manufacturer trademark is used.

Manufacturer slogan

A marketing, advertising or promotional slogan (comprised only of words) used by the manufacturer.

Manufacturer trademark

Collectively and individually, (a) the manufacturer design mark, (b) manufacturer composite mark, (c) manufacturer name (i.e. the corporate name of the manufacturer), (d) manufacturer slogan, (e) manufacturer word mark, and (f) any other word, sign or device that amounts to an indication of manufacturing origin (i.e. it allows a reasonable person to identify the manufacturer of the item containing the word, sign or device).

Manufacturer word mark

A word-only trademark (registered or unregistered) that represents the brand name of the manufacturer, appearing in any typeface.

National flag

The official flag of the country that a team is representing.

National symbol

The UEFA-approved official symbol of the country that a team is representing.

Non-playing attire

Any clothing worn by a team’s players before or after a match, as well as by the team’s staff, officials and players not on the field of play during the match, e.g.:

  1. tracksuits (tops and bottoms);

  2. coats;

  3. jackets (stadium jacket, etc.);

  4. anthem jackets;

  5. waterproof garments (rain jacket, etc.);

  6. sweatshirts;

  7. T-shirts.

Number zone

An area on the back of a playing shirt reserved exclusively for the shirt number, of a uniform size based on the required dimensions of a two-digit number (e.g. 10).

Outer seam

A real or virtual vertical line along the outer sleeves and torso of a shirt as ironed flat, or along the outer legs of shorts as ironed flat.

Outfield player attire

The specific playing attire worn by outfield players.

Playing attire

The core attire items worn by each of a team’s players on the field of play during a match, i.e.:

  1. shirt or jersey ("shirt" in the present regulations);

  2. shorts;

  3. socks.

QR code

A Quick Response code, in the form of a matrix barcode that provides a link to information about the item to which it is attached.

Quality seal

A tag, label or similar used by a manufacturer to protect against counterfeiting.

Referee attire

The core attire items worn by the referee team during a match, i.e.:

  1. shirt;

  2. shorts;

  3. socks.

Second-choice goalkeeper attire

Alternative goalkeeper attire that a team’s goalkeeper wears if the first-choice goalkeeper attire cannot be worn on account of the Laws of the Game (e.g. because of a colour clash) or for any other reason (sometimes referred to as "away" goalkeeper attire).

Second-choice outfield player attire

Alternative playing attire that all of a team’s outfield players wear if the first-choice playing attire cannot be worn on account of the Laws of the Game (e.g. because of a colour clash) or for any other reason (sometimes referred to as "away" outfield player attire).

Shoulder point

The part of a sleeve that covers the shoulder, i.e. the joint between the neck and the upper arm.

Sleeve free zone

An area at least 12cm long and 8cm wide, positioned symmetrically along the outer seam of each sleeve, between the shoulder point and the elbow point on long-sleeved shirts and between the shoulder point and the sleeve end on short-sleeved shirts, and at an identical distance from the shoulder point on both short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts.

Special equipment worn on the field of play

Any items worn by outfield players and/or goalkeepers on the field play in addition to the playing attire, e.g.:

  1. undershirts;

  2. undershorts/trousers (short or long, worn under the playing shorts);

  3. undersocks and ankle guards;

  4. tape and strapping;

  5. outfield player gloves and wristbands;

  6. goalkeeper gloves;

  7. headgear (sweatbands, headbands, thermal hats and goalkeeper caps);

  8. captain’s armbands;

  9. medical equipment;

  10. player tracking systems.

Spectrophotometer

An instrument that measures spectral reflectance in order to determine the level of contrast between the various colours used on playing attire items and therefore the legibility of numbers against background colours.

Sponsor advertising

Any type of advertising (message, statement, trademark, etc.) other than charity logos or manufacturer identification, displayed by a team on behalf of a third party either for a fee or free of charge.

Sponsor trademark

The element of sponsor advertising that is either (a) registered as a trademark at a national or supranational trademark registry within the territory of a UEFA member association, or (b) amounts to an indication of sponsorship origin (i.e. it allows a reasonable person to identify the sponsor as the business responsible for the sponsor advertising).

Supplier

Any company or entity other than a manufacturer that provides, distributes or in any other way supplies equipment to a team.

Team

A club team or representative team registered to participate in a UEFA competition.

Team emblem

A team’s UEFA-approved logo, including any part thereof, of which each team may have more than one.

Team mascot

A team’s UEFA-approved mascot.

Team name

A team’s UEFA-approved name, including any abbreviations thereof.

Team nickname

A team’s UEFA-approved nickname, including any abbreviations thereof, which must be strongly associated with the team in order to be approved.

Team slogan

A team’s UEFA-approved slogan, which must be strongly associated with the team in order to be approved.

Team symbol

A team’s UEFA-approved symbol.

Team trademark

Collectively and individually, the team name, team mascot, team nickname, team slogan and team symbol.

Technology label

A tag, label or similar used by a manufacturer to communicate a material or manufacturing method used to produce an item of equipment.

Tonal print

A printing technique used to incorporate elements, patterns, etc. of a similar colour into equipment.

Trademark

Collectively and individually, the manufacturer trademarks, sponsor trademarks and team trademarks.

Winners’ T-shirt

A specific T-shirt worn by a team’s players and/or staff to celebrate victory in a competition final.

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

  1. Reference points for shirt structure

  2. Collar zone

  3. Number zone

  4. Sleeve free zone

4.02

In the context of these regulations, any phrase introduced by the terms "including", "include", "in particular", "for example" or any similar expression is illustrative and does not limit the sense of the words preceding those terms.