Article 2 Definitions - Medical

UEFA Medical Regulations

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

For the purpose of these regulations, the following definitions apply:

Advanced life support (ALS) ambulance

An ambulance equipped to provide the highest possible level of emergency medical care. As a minimum the ambulance must contain sufficient equipment for resuscitation, as well as equipment with which to manage life-threatening conditions.

Automated external defibrillator (AED)

An automatic device designed to provide heart defibrillation through the delivery of shock rhythms via electrodes positioned on the patient’s chest.


A diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle and reveal any abnormalities.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

A test to measure the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, primarily used to detect heart disorders.

Emergency medical bag

A receptacle that can easily be transported by one person and is large enough to hold all the required pitchside medical equipment.

Medical room

A room in the match stadium/hall that is prepared and reserved for the medical treatment of players, team officials, the referee team and match officers.


A qualified medical official trained to provide ALS treatment as well as to recognise and manage life-threatening conditions.

Pitchside emergency doctor

A physician trained to provide ALS treatment as well as to recognise and manage life-threatening conditions.

Stadium/hall medical coordinator

The person with overall responsibility for the provision of medical services within a stadium/hall for a specific match, ideally with a medical background.

Therapeutic use exemption (TUE)

An authorisation to use a substance or method that would otherwise be prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Code.


In these regulations, the use of the masculine form refers equally to the feminine.