Article 13 Medical staff - Medical

UEFA Medical Regulations

Content Type
Technical Regulations
Specific Regulations
English (United Kingdom)
Enforcement Date
1 July 2022

The host club/association is responsible for ensuring that one pitchside emergency doctor and stretcher team are present and in position from at least the point at which the teams arrive at the stadium/hall and until their departure:

  1. on matchday in all UEFA competitions;

  2. for matchday -1 training sessions held at the match stadium/hall in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women’s Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA European Women’s Championship, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Youth League, and in the final rounds of all UEFA competitions where the matchday -1 training sessions are held at the match stadium/hall.


The pitchside emergency doctor must have a good knowledge of English or must speak the language of the visiting team.


The pitchside emergency doctor:

  1. performs the role of medical coordinator for the stadium/hall unless a specific medical coordinator is also provided;

  2. is responsible for ensuring that the required pitchside medical equipment is present;

  3. is responsible for the emergency treatment of players, team officials, the referee team and match officers only;

  4. must arrive at the stadium/hall in enough time to prepare the equipment and medical services so that they are available and operational from when the teams arrive at the venue until their departure;

  5. must know medical plan of the stadium/hall and the local medical infrastructure;

  6. must be familiar before the match/training session with the specific types/brands of equipment provided, such as the defibrillator and airway and breathing equipment.


The pitchside emergency doctor role can be performed by the home team doctor in exceptional cases, provided that the home team doctor:

  1. is trained to provide ALS treatment as well as to recognise and manage life-threatening conditions; and

  2. can be replaced in his function by another team doctor with the same level of qualification to facilitate emergency medical evacuation from the stadium/hall.


A stretcher team must be composed of at least two trained carriers, who must:

  1. have a recognised first aid qualification;

  2. have previous stretcher-carrying experience;

  3. be physically fit enough to safely transport an injured player or official on the stretcher.