UEFA has announced that it has approved special rules that permits 26 man-squad for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament.
This was announced in a statement published today, Tuesday.
According to the statement, the EURO 2020 new rule was established in order to “guarantee the smooth running and continuity of the competition in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
UEFA Executive Committee says it “increases the player list from 23 to 26 players in order to mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of available players for certain matches due to possible positive COVID-19 tests results and subsequent quarantine measures ordered by competent authorities, it has been decided to exceptionally increase the player list for all participating teams to 26 players.
“However, 23 players shall remain the maximum number permitted on the match sheet for each individual match (in accordance with Law 3 of the IFAB Laws of the Game permitting a maximum of 12 substitutes to be named for A-national team matches), including three goalkeepers.”
Also, the committee has approved the unlimited replacement on the player list once it has been submitted on June 1, 2021.
“Once the player list has been submitted on 1 June 2021, the current regulations allow unlimited replacements on the player list in case of serious injury or illness before the first match, provided that the replacements 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 positive COVID-19 tested person – and therefore put in isolation – by way of an authorities’ decision are considered cases of serious illness and can therefore be replaced before the first match with the approval of the UEFA administration.”