Article 12 Medical staff - Medical

UEFA Medical Regulations

Technical Regulations
Specific Regulations
1 July 2020

The host club/association is responsible for ensuring that one pitchside emergency doctor and one 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. on matchday -1 in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA Nations League and UEFA European Under-21 Championship, when teams train at the same stadium as the matchday stadium.


The pitchside emergency doctor must have a good knowledge of English.


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 treatment of players, team officials, the referee team and match officers only;

  4. must arrive at the stadium/hall in enough time to prepare 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 the stadium medical plan and the local medical infrastructure;

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


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

  1. the team doctor holds a valid ALS qualification recognised in his country of employment;

  2. another official from the host club/association is appointed to facilitate emergency medical evacuation from the stadium/hall without delay.


The 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.


Two stretcher teams consisting of two trained carriers for each team should be provided on matchday for all matches.