Article 26 Pitches - Youth League

Regulations of the UEFA Youth League

Content Type
Competition Regulations
Enforcement Date
1 May 2023

The home club must make every reasonable effort to ensure that the pitch is in the best possible condition for play. If the pitch is not fit for play, the home club is requested to propose an alternative solution to allow the match to be played in accordance with UEFA’s requirements.


The pitch watering schedule must be communicated by the home club at the matchday 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. However, upon decision of the home club, pitch watering may also take place after that time, provided it takes place:

  1. between 10 and 5 minutes before kick-off, and/or

  2. during half-time (for a maximum of 5 minutes).

The referee is entitled to request changes to the schedule.


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.