Article 2 Definitions - Medical

UEFA Medical Regulations

Technical Regulations
Specific Regulations
1 July 2020

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 trauma;

  • automated external defibrillator (AED): a computerised device designed to provide heart defibrillation through the delivery of shock rhythms via electrodes positioned on the patient’s chest;

  • echocardiography: 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 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;

  • paramedic: a qualified medical official trained to provide ALS treatment as well as to recognise and manage life-threatening trauma;

  • pitchside emergency doctor: a physician who holds a valid ALS qualification recognised in his country of employment;

  • stadium/hall medical coordinator: the person with overall responsibility for the provision of medical services within a stadium/hall for a specific match;

  • 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.