Both clubs must make their training session on the day before the match open to the media for at least 15 minutes in accordance with the schedule agreed in advance with UEFA. The two training sessions must be arranged by the two clubs and UEFA together, so that the media can attend both. In principle, the visiting club holds its official training session in the stadium where the match will take place on the day before the match, unless otherwise agreed in advance with UEFA. Each club may decide whether the entire training session in question or only the first or last 15 minutes are open to the media. If a club decides to make only 15 minutes open, the club itself may film the entire training session for the exploitation purposes set out in the Club Media Rights Guidelines (see). No other media activities are permitted during the closed part of the training session. Likewise, should a club allow its own photographer to attend the entire training session (of which only 15 minutes are open to the media), the club photographer must provide UEFA, upon request, with photos which UEFA will then make available to the international media. If a club does not hold a full training session on the day before the match, alternative arrangements must be made in agreement with UEFA to provide the media with access to a minimum of 15 minutes of the team’s preparation. Training sessions on the day before the match may be broadcast live regardless of location, and clubs must provide facilities for such live broadcasts, including cable routes and parking for TV vehicles.
The clubs must communicate the times of their MD-1 press conferences and training sessions to UEFA and the opposing team via the TIME Platform no later than 12.00CET on the Thursday prior to the match. Clubs must work together to coordinate the timing of their MD-1 press conferences and training sessions, so that the media are able to cover the activities of both teams and the relevant media deadlines are respected. In cases where clubs are unable to reach an agreement, the visiting club has first choice of timing for its press conference and training session, provided that these times are confirmed by the deadline set by UEFA. In the event of a dispute, UEFA’s decision is final. Clubs may not change their MD-1 plans any later than 48 hours prior to the match, other than on account of force majeure and with the agreement of UEFA. If both training sessions take place at the stadium, the clubs must ensure that there is a gap of at least 30 minutes between the end of the first training session and the start of the second. Training sessions that start earlier than scheduled must nevertheless be open to the media during the pre-advertised time frame.
The provisions ofalso apply if the away club trains at its own training ground before travelling. In addition, when requested, the club must provide UEFA with high-definition footage of the open part of the training session. If in such cases the away club holds a walk-around at the stadium, this activity must be open to the media.
Each club must hold a pre-match press conference the day before the match. Each press conference must be attended by the head coach of the team and at least one player. If the head coach is suspended for the match, clubs have the option of replacing him at the pre-match press conference with the assistant coach. The two press conferences must be arranged by the two clubs and UEFA together, so that the media can attend both. Press conferences must start between 12.00 and 20.00 local time. Exceptions to these timings must be agreed in advance with UEFA. Press conferences may be broadcast live regardless of location, and clubs must provide facilities for such live broadcasts, including cable routes and parking for TV vehicles.
The press conferences must take place in the stadium where the match will be played, unless the home club wishes to stage its press conference at its training ground. A visiting club using the match stadium for its training session must make best efforts to also conduct its press conferences at the stadium within the above time window. If a visiting club wishes to stage its press conference in an alternative location, these arrangements must be agreed in advance with UEFA. In such cases, the visiting club must ensure that the facilities provided at this location meet all the requirements laid down in the UEFA Champions League Club Manual, including for the facilitation of live broadcast. For the avoidance of doubt, this means ensuring that adequate light and sound quality, as well as cable routes and parking for satellite vehicles, are managed and provided by the club. If necessary, the club must be prepared to send a representative to the location in advance of the team's arrival to ensure that all arrangements are properly in place.
The home club is responsible for providing the necessary technical infrastructure and services at pre-match press conferences at the match stadium, as well as a qualified interpreter with a strong knowledge of football. If the press conferences are held in a location other than the match stadium, each club is responsible for providing the necessary technical infrastructure and services, including an interpreter, at its chosen venue. Simultaneous interpreting facilities must be offered wherever possible and are mandatory for all press conferences as of the round of 16 matches. If a club organises additional pre-match media activities, such as a mixed zone, such activities may supplement but not replace the pre-match press conference.
Each club must make its head coach and one player available the day before each of its matches for a short interview with the main audiovisual rights holder of the country of the club and the main audiovisual rights holder of the country of the opposing club. If the main audiovisual rights holder of the country of either club does not take up this opportunity, UEFA may conduct the interview(s) in order to make the content available to all audiovisual rights holders.