The UEFA Executive Committee approved this Tuesday a series of special rules for the final phase of the Euro 2020 with the aim of guaranteeing the proper functioning and continuity of the competition before the Covid-19 pandemic. The main change is that the summoned list increases to 26 players, to the detriment of the 23 that have gone to previous editions.
«To mitigate the risks that national teams face a shortage of available players for certain matches due to the possible positive results of the Covid-19 tests and the subsequent quarantine measures ordered by the competent authorities, it has been decided to exceptionally increase the list of players for all participating teams to 26 footballers ”, explains UEFA.
However, not all the members of the summoned list will be available for a match, as the summons will continue to be limited to 23, “in accordance with Law 3 of the IFAB Laws of the Game, which allows a maximum of 12 substitutes to be named for the matches of the national team A), including three goalkeepers’.
The lists of the selectors, which will be made public on June 1, may be modified until the first match, always “in case of injury or serious illness […] and these substitutions are medically certified ”.
“For the sake of clarity, players who have tested positive for Covid-19 or who have been declared as ‘close contacts’ of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 – and therefore placed in isolation – through a decision of the authorities are considered cases of serious illness and, therefore, can be substituted before the first match with the approval of the UEFA administration.
Finally, the new regulations will also allow the replacement of goalkeepers before each match during the tournament in case of physical disability, even if one or two goalkeepers from the player list are still available. To ensure the integrity of the competition, a player who has been substituted on the list of players may not be reinstated to it.