|IX Stadiums and Match Organisation|
Unless stipulated otherwise in these regulations, matches in the competition must be played in a stadium which meets the structural criteria of the following categories as defined in the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations (edition 2010): a) category 3 for the qualifying competition;
b) elite category for the final tournament.
|Exceptions to a structural criterion|
The UEFA administration may grant an exception to a specific structural criterion for the stadium category in question in cases of particular hardship and upon reasoned request, for instance owing to the current national legislation or if the fulfilment of all the required criteria would force an association to play its home matches on the territory of another association. An exception can be granted for one or more matches in the competition or for the whole duration of the competition. Such decisions are final.
|Stadium certificate and safety certificate|
Each association on whose territory matches in the competition will be played is responsible for: a)inspecting every stadium concerned and for issuing stadium certificates which have to be forwarded to the UEFA administration confirming that the stadiums meet the structural criteria of the required stadium category;
b)sending the UEFA administration a copy of the certificate issued by the competent public authorities confirming that the stadium, including its facilities (emergency lighting system, first aid facilities, type of protection against intrusion by spectators into the playing area, etc.), has been thoroughly inspected and meets all the safety requirements laid down by the applicable national law.
The UEFA administration accepts or rejects the stadiums on the basis of these certificates. Such decisions are final.
The UEFA administration may carry out stadium inspections at any time before and during the competition to check whether the required structural criteria have been and are still being met. Cases of non-conformity with an applicable structural criterion may be referred to the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body, which will decide on appropriate measures in accordance with the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.
|Retractable stadium roofs|
Before the match, the UEFA match delegate, in consultation with the referee, decides whether a stadium’s retractable roof will be open or closed during the match. This decision must be announced at the pre-match organisational meeting, although it may subsequently be altered at any time prior to kick-off if the weather conditions change, again in consultation with the referee.
If the match starts with the roof closed, it must remain closed for the entire match. If the match starts with the roof open, only the referee has the authority to order its closure during the match subject to any applicable laws issued by a competent state authority. Such a decision may only be taken if the weather conditions seriously deteriorate. If the referee does order the closure of the roof during the match, it must remain closed until the final whistle.
Matches may be played in daylight or under floodlights. In order for matches in the qualifying competition to be played under floodlighting minimum horizontal and vertical illuminance levels of 1400 lux (for standard definition TV production) must be guaranteed and lighting must be uniform. The association must provide UEFA with a current lighting certificate, issued within the preceding 12 months of the date of the relevant match.
For matches played in the final tournament the conditions governing floodlighting are defined in the relevant stadium agreements.
Clocks in the stadium showing the amount of time played may run during the match, provided they are stopped at the end of normal time in each half, i.e. after 45 and 90 minutes respectively. This stipulation also applies in the event of extra time (i.e. after 15 and 30 minutes).
During matches in the qualifying competition, the results of other matches can be shown on the scoreboard and/or giant screen during the match, while simultaneous transmissions and replays are authorised for press monitors and closed-circuit channels only. Delayed footage of the match being played may be transmitted on the giant screen inside the stadium provided that the host association has obtained all the necessary third party permission to transmit such footage, including (without limitation) permission from the UEFA match delegate, the host broadcaster producing the live international feed of the match and any relevant local authorities. Moreover, the host association must ensure that such footage is transmitted on the giant screen during the match only when the ball is out of play and/or during the half-time interval or break before extra time (if any) and that it does not include any images that: a) may have an impact on the playing of the match;
b) may be reasonably considered as controversial insofar as they are likely to encourage or incite any form of crowd disorder;
c) may display any public disorder, civil disobedience or any commercial and/or offensive material within the crowd or on the pitch; or
d) may be deemed to criticise, undermine or damage the reputation, standing or authority of any player, match official and/or any other party at the stadium, (including, but not limited to, any images that are aimed at highlighting, directly or indirectly, any offside offence, fault committed by a player, potential mistake of a match official and/or any behaviour which is contrary to the principle of fair play).
The UEFA administration determines the conditions governing all scoreboard and giant screen transmissions during the final tournament.
With the exception of the final tournament, which must be played on natural turf, matches in the competition may be played on artificial turf in accordance with the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations and provided that such artificial turf meets the FIFA Recommended 2-Star Standard, in compliance with the FIFA Quality Concept – Handbook of Test Methods and Requirements for Artificial Turf Football Surfaces.
The owner of the artificial turf and the host association are fully responsible for meeting the above requirements, in particular those related to: a) maintenance work and ongoing improvement measures; and
b)safety and environmental measures as set out in the FIFA Quality Concept – Handbook of Test Methods and Requirements for Artificial Turf Football Surfaces.
The owner of the artificial turf and the host association must obtain sufficient warranties and/or guarantees related to the material and the installation from the manufacturer and the installer of the artificial turf.
UEFA cannot be held responsible for any damages to third parties resulting from the use of the artificial turf.
A host association organising a qualifying match in a stadium with the required standard of artificial turf has to announce this to their opponents and the UEFA administration at least 60 days in advance. A copy of the relevant certificate, issued within the 12 months preceding the relevant match, must be sent to the UEFA administration at the same time.