Article 28 Pitches - Nations League

Regulations of the UEFA Nations League

Content Type
Competition Regulations
Category
National teams
Subject
UNL
Edition
2022/23
Language
English (United Kingdom)
Enforcement Date
1 October 2021
28.01

The host association must make every reasonable effort to ensure that the pitch is in the best possible condition for play. If the climatic conditions so require, facilities such as pitch heating and a pitch cover must be provided, to ensure that the field of play can be made available in a suitable condition on any match date. The UEFA administration or a third party mandated by UEFA may carry out pitch inspections at any time before and during the competition to check whether the pitch is in a suitable condition to host matches in the competition. Following any initial pitch inspection and recommendation report, the cost of any further inspections or the provision of expert guidance or material by a third party is to be assumed by the association concerned. Associations are requested to cooperate fully with such inspections.

28.02

For natural pitches, the height of the grass may not, in principle, exceed 30mm and the entire playing surface must be cut to the same height. The height of the cut should be the same for both the training sessions and the match. If deemed necessary by the referee or the UEFA match delegate, the host association may be requested to reduce the height of the grass for the match and training sessions.

28.03

Any full or partial replacement of a pitch ahead of a match must be communicated in advance to UEFA.

28.04

The host association must announce the pitch-watering schedule at the pre-match organisational meeting. The pitch must be watered evenly and not only in certain areas. As a general rule, pitch watering must finish 60 minutes before kick-off. Additional pitch watering may be carried out if so decided by the host association in the league phase and the play-out matches, and by UEFA in the finals, provided it takes place:

  1. between 15 and 10 minutes before kick-off (or between 20 and 15 minutes before kick-off depending on the countdown); or

  2. during half-time (for a maximum of five minutes, allowing substitute players to warm up on the field of play).

The referee is entitled to request changes to the schedule.

28.05

Participating associations may not allow any commercial or promotional activities (e.g. commercial or product brands, logos or commercial mascots) to appear on the field of play from the moment the teams are ready to kick off until after the final whistle. The UEFA administration may allow such activities to take place at half-time in the league phase matches.

28.06

Advertising placed in the vicinity of the field of play must be safe for players and referees. Any kind of upright advertising must be placed at a minimum distance of three metres from the boundary lines of the field of play, and at least one metre from the goal net. The recommended distances are shown in Annex E.

28.07

All goals must be set up securely and in accordance with the IFAB Laws of the Game and UEFA's instructions. No additional structural elements or physical support may be used inside the net or in its immediate surroundings other than bars fixing the goal net to the ground and goal net stanchions behind and outside the net. Portable goals must not be used.

28.08

It is the responsibility of the host association to ensure that the area immediately adjacent to the pitch is safe for players and referees. This includes, but is not limited to, securely installing additional, high-quality, green artificial turf around the field of play if necessary.

28.09

Associations must respect the pitch cutting guidelines.

28.10

Associations must respect the applicable pitch protection maps for the MD-1 training sessions and the pre-match warm-ups.

28.11

Full floodlighting must be provided from four hours before kick-off on matchday, or at the latest in time for the start of the GLT calibration test, unless otherwise approved by UEFA. Furthermore, use of LED floodlight entertainment may be permitted subject to the agreement of, and according to principles determined by UEFA. Any such lightshows must take place either before warm-up or between warm-up and players leaving the tunnel for the match. No lightshows may take place once any players (including goalkeepers) are on the field to warm up before the match, or once players leave the tunnel for the pre-match line-up.