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Euro 2021: what you need to know about the regulations of the European Football Championship

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Twenty-four teams will compete from Friday June 11 to try to win Euro football. Covid-19 requires, the rules have been adapted.

► What are the rules for this edition?

The format will be the same as at Euro 2016 in France: a group stage, dividing the teams into six pools of four, followed by four knockout rounds. Each team will play three group matches. After these meetings, the first two of each group will qualify for the round of 16, as well as the four best thirds. In the event of a tie between at least two teams from the same group, they will be decided according to: the number of points, the goal difference and the number of goals scored in their direct confrontations.

The choppy matches will then begin, with a single match and with a possible overtime and penalties, until the final.

♦ No more replacements

Five substitutions may be made during matches, instead of three during previous editions, a rule already adopted for other competitions. UEFA has also allowed the coaches to call 26 players, but only 23 will appear on each scoresheet: three will have to stay in the stands, a new and potentially delicate parameter in the management of groups.

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Finally and until the first match, it will be possible to freely replace a player in the event of “Serious injury or illness”, medically certified, including in the event of contamination with Covid-19 or “Contact case”. The goalkeepers can be replaced before each match. “In the event of physical incapacity”.

♦ The impact of covid

If a team is partially placed in quarantine or isolation, the match will be played as planned if the team “Has at least thirteen players, including a goalkeeper”. If this is not possible, UEFA can reschedule it “Within 48 hours”, even if it means doing it in another site. If this reprogramming is impossible, the body will sanction the team judged “Responsible for the cancellation of the match” of a defeat by forfeit on the score of 0-3.

♦ Suspensions

Excluded players or officials are automatically suspended for the next match in the competition. In the event of a serious violation, the disciplinary body of Fifa may increase the sanction and extend it to other competitions.

Suspensions following a red card not served during the Euro are carried over to qualifying matches for the World Cup. Side warnings, players and officials receiving two yellow cards are suspended for the next match, but their counter resets to zero at the end of the quarter-finals.

► The calendar

Euro football will take place from June 11 to July 11 for the first time in its history in eleven cities across eleven countries. The competition will kick off at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on Friday 11 June for a Group A match between Italy and Turkey. Then will follow a month of competition until the final on Sunday July 11, held in the legendary Wembley Stadium, in West London (England).

Euro 2021: what you need to know about the regulations of the European Football Championship

► What endowments?

For European football, financially strangled by the end of competitions in the spring of 2020 and then the resumption in empty stadiums, the Euro is also a financial issue. In 2018, UEFA planned to distribute 371 million euros to the 24 participants. An amount lowered in early May to 331 million euros, while ticketing revenues will be cut by the limited gauges.

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A selection beaten in each match will thus touch 9.25 million euros, while the winner will win up to 28.25 million euros. In addition, the revenues of the Euro will feed the 775 million euros paid to the 55 European federations over the 2020-2024 cycle on behalf of the “Solidarity”, and the clubs will share 200 million euros for making their players available.

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