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Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2012





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IX   Stadiums and Match Organisation
Article 13
Match organisation
13.01
The UEFA, FIFA and UEFA Respect flags, as well as the flags of the teams taking part in the match, must be flown in the stadium at all matches in the competition. The national anthems of both teams involved must be played.
13.02
At all matches in the competition, the players are invited to shake hands with their opponents and the referees after the line-up ceremony as well as after the final whistle, as a gesture of fair play.
13.03
Smoking is not allowed in the technical area during matches.
13.04
The host association must ensure an appropriate medical service at matches, including stretchers and a sufficient number of carriers, an ambulance and standby medical personnel. Stretchers must be kept by the substitutes' benches.
A. Qualifying competition
13.05
Only six team officials, one of whom must be a team doctor, and seven substitute players are allowed to sit on the substitutes bench, i.e. a total of 13 persons. The names of all these persons and their functions must be listed on the match sheet.
13.06
If space so permits, up to five additional technical seats are allowed for association staff providing technical support to the team during the match (kit manager, assistant physiotherapist, etc.). Such seats must be outside the technical area and positioned at least five metres away from the benches, but with access to the dressing rooms. The names of all these persons and their functions must be listed on the match sheet.
13.07
The pitch watering schedule must be communicated by the host association at the pre-match organisational meeting. The pitch must be watered evenly and not only in certain areas. As a general rule, pitch watering must finish 75 minutes before kick-off. However, pitch watering may also take place after that time if the referee and both associations agree, and provided it takes place:

  • a)between 75 and 60 minutes before kick-off,

  • b)between 10 and 5 minutes before kick-off, or

  • c)during half-time (for a maximum of five minutes).
  • 13.08
    An appropriate number of complimentary tickets and purchase tickets, to be fixed by mutual agreement, must be set aside for the visiting association.
    13.09
    The official UEFA representatives and at least ten representatives of the visiting association must be provided with complimentary top-category seats in the VIP sector.
    13.10
    If requested by UEFA up to 30 days before the relevant match, the host association must provide UEFA with six complimentary top-category seats in the VIP sector and 14 additional top-category seats for each match. These tickets must be delivered to UEFA no later than two weeks before the relevant match.
    13.11
    UEFA is entitled to purchase from the host association up to 100 top-category tickets for each match at face value. UEFA must request such tickets no later than two months before the relevant match and these tickets must be delivered to UEFA no later than two weeks before the relevant match. Each host association shall use its best efforts to accommodate any UEFA request to purchase tickets that is made later than two months before a match.
    13.12
    The day before the match, weather permitting, the visiting association is allowed to train for a maximum of one hour on the field where the match is to take place. In addition, the visiting association may hold private training sessions at a location to be agreed on with the host association, but not at the stadium where the match is being played.
    13.13
    Balls used in qualifying matches must be provided by the host association and must comply with the Laws of the Game as well as with Article 63 of the UEFA Kit Regulations.
    B. Final tournament
    13.14
    Six team officials, one of whom must be a team doctor, and 12 substitute players are allowed to sit on the substitutes bench, i.e. a total of 18 persons. The names of all these persons and their functions must be listed on the match sheet. Depending on the stadium infrastructure, the five additional technical seats as defined in paragraph 13.06 may also be integrated into the main substitutes bench (i.e. in this case a total of 23 persons are allowed to sit on the substitutes bench).
    13.15
    Each participating association must organise at least one public training session with its national team after arrival in one of the host countries. One such public training session must take place at the official training ground before the teams first match. Participating associations may not exploit any commercial rights in relation to such public training sessions.
    13.16
    Balls used in the final tournament are supplied by UEFA.

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