Article 35 Training sessions - Nations League

Regulations of the UEFA Nations League

Content Type
Competition Regulations
National teams
Enforcement Date
1 October 2021

The day before the match, pitch conditions permitting, both teams are allowed to train for a maximum of one hour on the pitch on which the match is to take place. If holding such training sessions could render the pitch unfit for play the next day, an alternative training ground must be made available. Alternative training grounds must be approved by the UEFA administration in advance. If both teams wish to train at the same time, priority is given to the visiting team. Alternatively, both training sessions may be allowed at the stadium but limited to certain areas of the pitch provided the restrictions on the use of the pitch are agreed in writing by each team. Pitch watering ahead of a visiting team’s official training session at the stadium must be agreed between the two associations in the league phase and for play-out matches. In principle, the stadium’s retractable roof should be in the same position as anticipated for the match subject to prevailing weather conditions.


In addition, in the league phase and for play-out matches, the visiting team may hold private training sessions at a location to be agreed on with the host association, but not at the match stadium.


The day before the match, pitch conditions permitting, the referee team may train on the pitch on which the match will be played. If such a training session is not possible as a result of pitch conditions or travel times, an alternative facility should be made available.


If an association participating in the finals holds a public training session, it must comply with the instructions and guidelines issued by the UEFA administration. Participating associations may not exploit any commercial rights in relation to such public training sessions.


In case the visiting team requests a cool down after the match, it must be communicated at the matchday organisational meeting. Requests are subject to the approval of the host association, and, in some cases, local authorities, who may request further details (e.g. number of players, duration, type of exercises, etc.).