Round 1 (mini-tournament matches) - Women's Champions League

Regulations of the UEFA Women's Champions League

Content Type
Competition Regulations
Category
Clubs
Subject
UWCL
Edition
2021/22
Language
English (United Kingdom)
Enforcement Date
30 August 2021
H.2.3

As a rule, mini-tournaments are played at the UEFA approved venue(s) of the host club. If restrictions imposed by the national/local authorities could result in one or more mini-tournament matches not taking place as scheduled, the following applies:

(i) If, by the deadline stipulated under Annex H.2.2 either of the following travel restrictions apply:

  • Provisions imposed by the national/local authorities of the host club’s country restrict one or more of the visiting clubs from entering the country; or

  • Provisions imposed by the national/local authorities of one or more of the visiting clubs’ countries restrict their clubs’ travel to the mini-tournament venue or their return home after the mini-tournament;

and if the move of the mini-tournament to the country of one of the other clubs in the mini-tournament group would allow the mini-tournament to take place without any such restrictions, then the mini-tournament venue and hosting responsibilities will be transferred accordingly.

(ii) If restrictions imposed by the national/local authorities of the host club’s country apply to one or more of the visiting clubs, or restrictions imposed by the national/local authorities of one or more of the visiting clubs’ countries apply to one or more visiting clubs’ travel to the mini-tournament venue or their return home after the mini-tournament, and in either case Annex H.2.3 (i) does not apply, the host club must by 28 July 2021 (12:00 CET) propose suitable alternative venue(s), which may be in a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association) that would allow the mini-tournament to take place and would not cause any of the visiting clubs any restrictions in either travel direction. If the host club fails to propose such suitable alternative venue(s) within the aforementioned deadline, the UEFA administration will take a final decision on the mini-tournament venue(s) and/or mini-tournament dates. The host club will remain responsible for the organisation of the mini-tournament and all clubs will share in equal measure the resulting additional mini-tournament costs above the UEFA contribution to the mini-tournament host. UEFA will pay the amount of EUR 35,000 to the host club towards its travel expenses to the alternative venue. If any club refuses to take part in the mini-tournament, it will be held responsible for the relevant mini-tournament match not taking place and all match(es) of the team in question will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by such club, which will be considered to have lost the match(es) by 3-0. Should the host club refuse to take part in the mini-tournament, the UEFA administration will take a final decision on the mini-tournament venue and date(s) and will assign responsibility for the organisation to the club with the highest coefficient.

H.2.4

As alternative venue(s), clubs should where possible either select venue(s) from the list of available stadiums proposed by UEFA for the relevant round of the competition. UEFA reserves the right to consider the proposed alternative venue(s) as not suitable and take a final decision on the mini-tournament venue(s) and/or mini-tournament dates.

H.2.5

In all cases, the clubs may agree - subject to UEFA’s approval - on a change of venue to venue(s) located in the country of one of the other clubs in the mini-tournament group or on neutral venue(s) (within the territory of a UEFA member association and in compliance with Annex H.2.3), provided that no restrictions apply to any of the participating visiting clubs.

H.2.6

If, in the opinion of the UEFA administration, the information provided by the clubs on restrictions imposed by their national/local authorities (in accordance with Annex H.2.2) is not accurate or is insufficient or received too late, or the restrictions are not sufficient to require the reorganisation of the mini-tournament to the country of another participating team or to a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association), the UEFA administration will take a final decision on the mini-tournament venue(s) and/or mini-tournament dates as well as on which club(s) has/have to bear the costs related to the reorganisation of the mini-tournament. In any case, the host club will remain responsible for the organisation of the mini-tournament. If any club refuses to take part in the mini-tournament, it will be held responsible for the relevant mini-tournament match not taking place and all match(es) of the team in question will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by such club, which will be considered to have lost the match(es) by 3-0. Should the host club refuse to take part in the mini-tournament, the UEFA administration will take a final decision on the mini-tournament or match venue(s) and date(s) and will reassign responsibility for the organisation to the club with the highest coefficient unless the mini-tournament or match is played in the venue(s) of one of the other participating clubs in which case this club assumes the responsibility of the organisation.

H.2.7

If a club fails to inform the UEFA administration of any existing restrictions that affect the organisation of a mini-tournament match and as a consequence the match cannot take place or be rescheduled, the club in question will be held responsible for the match not taking place and all match(es) of the team in question will be declared by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to be forfeited by such club, which will be considered to have lost the match(es) by 3-0. Should this require the reorganisation of the remaining mini-tournament matches in a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association), the UEFA administration will take a final decision on the mini-tournament or match venue(s) and date(s) and will assign responsibility for the organisation to the club with the highest coefficient unless the mini-tournament or match is played in the venue(s) of one of the other participating clubs in which case this club assumes responsibility. If it is the host club that has failed to inform the UEFA administration of any existing restrictions that affect the organisation of the mini-tournament, and as a consequence the entire mini-tournament cannot take place or be rescheduled, the club in question will be held responsible for the mini-tournament not taking place and the matter will be referred to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body who will take a decision on the disciplinary measures deemed appropriate in accordance with the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

H.2.8

In all cases, the venues of mini-tournaments must be approved by the UEFA administration, which has the right to assign alternative venues for any particular mini-tournament or even to decide that either or both matchdays of the mini-tournament be rescheduled (in accordance with Annex H.4.1) and/or played in a neutral country (within the territory of a UEFA member association). These decisions are final. In any event, the host club will remain responsible for the organisation of the mini-tournament matches and all related costs.

H.2.9

Entry restrictions applicable to clubs upon return from a mini-tournament to their home country, regardless of which venue within the territory of the UEFA member association would be used, are not taken into consideration within the scope of the above-mentioned provisions.