Article 46 Appointment and replacement of referees - Under-21

Regulations of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship

Content Type
Competition Regulations
National teams
Enforcement Date
30 January 2023

The Referees Committee appoints a referee team for each match. Only referees from the official FIFA list of referees are eligible.


The Referees Committee decides on the criteria for the appointment of video assistant referees for each competition stage.


UEFA arranges for the referee team to arrive at the venue the day before the match. If a member of the referee team does not arrive at the match venue by the evening before the match, the UEFA administration and the teams must be informed immediately. The Referees Committee takes the appropriate decisions, which are final.


If a referee, assistant referee or video assistant referee becomes unfit before or during a match and is unable to officiate, he is replaced by another member of the referee team as follows:

  1. The referee is replaced by the fourth official.

  2. An assistant referee is replaced by the fourth official or by the reserve assistant referee if one has been appointed.

  3. A video assistant referee is replaced by the assistant video assistant referee.

If necessary, the match will take place without video assistant referees and/or without a fourth official.