Article 2 Definitions - Champions League

Regulations of the UEFA Champions League

Content Type
Competition Regulations
Enforcement Date
28 June 2023

In the context of these regulations, the following definitions apply:

Commercial rights

Any and all commercial rights and opportunities in and in relation to the competition (including all matches) including media rights, marketing rights and data rights.

Data rights

The right to compile and exploit statistics and other data in relation to the competition.


The occurrence of one or more of the anti-doping rule violations set out in the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations.

Exclusive area

The venue for a UEFA Champions League match or a play-off match, comprising the stadium itself (including scoreboards, advertising board system, video boards, giant screens, clocks, dressing rooms, players' tunnel, technical zone and all seating, hospitality and VIP areas), all areas in the vicinity of the stadium owned, controlled, managed or operated by the club, as well as the area around it, up to and including the fencing surrounding it or roads which naturally demarcate the area of the stadium, the air space immediately above the stadium (if the LOS holds or controls such rights – or is reasonably able to do so), and the broadcaster, press and media areas.

Local organising structure (LOS)

The group of individuals who help organise home matches at the behest of the club participating in the UEFA Champions League and/or the play-offs (or a member association appointed by UEFA), and in close cooperation with UEFA, the minimum composition of which required by UEFA embraces representatives of the club’s board or representatives of the association, the stadium authorities, the safety/security services, and the club press officer.

Marketing rights

The right to advertise, promote, endorse and market the competition; to conduct public relations activities in relation to the competition; and to exploit all advertising, sponsorship, hospitality, licensing, merchandising, publishing, betting, gaming, retailing, music and franchising opportunities and all other commercial association rights (including through ticket promotions) in relation to the competition.

Media rights

The right to create, distribute and transmit on a linear and/or on-demand basis for reception on a live and/or delayed basis anywhere in the world by any and all means and in any and all media, whether now known or devised in the future (including all forms of television, radio, mobile, wireless and internet distribution), digital, audiovisual, visual and/or audio coverage of the competition and all associated and/or related rights, including fixed media, download and interactive rights.

Non-commercial purposes

Activities, without any direct or indirect third party association, necessary for (i) a club to advertise its own matches, (ii) internal archiving purposes and (iii) internal library purposes, but excluding commercial rights and any other activity UEFA considers commercial in nature.


Any party accepted by UEFA under contract to exercise the commercial rights, and thereby participating directly or indirectly in the financing of the competition.

Technical zone

The technical area as defined in the IFAB Laws of the Game, plus the fourth official’s position, any additional technical seats, the team and referees’ dressing rooms, the players’ tunnel and the route the players and referees take from their dressing rooms to the pitch.


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.