Article 5 Duties of the associations - EURO

Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship

Content Type
Competition Regulations
National teams
Enforcement Date
3 May 2024

On entering the competition, participating associations agree:

  1. to play in the competition until their elimination and to field their strongest team throughout the competition;

  2. to play all matches under the direction of a head coach who is confirmed by the relevant national association as being the head coach/manager responsible for the selection, tactics and training of the team squad and the management of the players and technical staff in the dressing room and the technical area before, during and after the match; the head coach must hold the highest valid coaching qualification of the association by which he is employed (based on the implementation status of the UEFA Coaching Convention), but at least a valid UEFA A licence, or, subject to domestic regulations, at least started the required UEFA coaching diploma course (simple registration for the required diploma course is not sufficient to meet this criterion). The same requirements apply to the assistant coach with regard to the second highest available valid coaching qualification but at least a valid UEFA B licence;

  3. to stage and play all matches in the competition in accordance with the present regulations;

  4. to comply with all decisions regarding the competition taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, the UEFA administration or any other competent body and communicated appropriately (by UEFA circular letter or by official letter or email);

  5. to observe the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations for all matches in the competition;

  6. to stage each match in the competition in a stadium meeting the structural criteria of the stadium category required by Paragraph 31.01 and to make the stadium available and accessible to UEFA from two days before the match until one day after the match unless communicated otherwise by the UEFA administration;

  7. to indemnify, defend and hold UEFA, its subsidiaries and any LOS and all of their officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents and other auxiliary persons free and harmless against any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, claims, actions, fines and expenses (including reasonable legal expenses) of whatsoever kind or nature resulting from, arising out of, or attributable to any non-compliance by the association or any of its players, officials, employees, representatives or agents with these regulations;

  8. to adhere to the principles governing the release of players for association teams as laid out in Annexe 1, Article 1 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players;

  9. to cooperate with UEFA at any time – and in particular at the end of matches – in the collection of items from the game and players' personal items that could be used by UEFA to create a memorabilia collection to illustrate the heritage of the competition, to the exclusion of any commercial use;

  10. not to represent UEFA or the competition without UEFA’s prior written approval;

  11. to arrange and play friendly matches on dates left available to their teams within the international windows after UEFA has established the fixture list;

  12. if applicable, to participate as winner or, if requested, as runner-up of the UEFA European Football Championship in intercontinental competitions arranged by UEFA in conjunction with other confederations and/or by FIFA.