UEFA has formalized the expansion of the lists of players selected from 23 to 26 players for the next Euro. The selections will be able to make changes in their group before the first match in the event of injury or Covid-19.
It was announced, it is now official. UEFA announced on Tuesday the expansion of the lists of players from 23 to 26 to compete in the next European Championship (June 11-July 11). An easing decided because of the threats of contamination with the coronavirus.
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“To mitigate the risks of teams facing a shortage of players available for certain matches due to possible positive results from Covid-19 tests and subsequent quarantine measures ordered by the competent authorities, it was decided to increase exceptionally the list of players for all participating teams of 26 players, “said the press release.
23 players on the scoresheet
This does not change the rules for matches where only 23 players can be entered on the scoresheet, including three goalkeepers. The lists must be returned to UEFA before 1 June. Didier Deschamps will announce that of the France team on May 18 on TF1 and M6. However, the coaches will be able to change their squad after the deadline. UEFA has decided to allow changes of players until the kick-off of each team’s first match in the event of “serious injury” or “illness”.
Possibility of replacing injured and contaminated players until the first match
“Players who have tested positive for Covid-19 or who have been declared as ‘close contacts’ of a person who tested positive for Covid-19 – and therefore placed in isolation – by decision of the authorities are considered cases of serious illness and can therefore be replaced before the first match with the approval of the UEFA administration, “the statement said. In the case of the Blues, Deschamps will therefore be able to replace a possible player injured or suffering from Covid until June 15, date of his first match against Germany.
New goalkeepers authorized throughout the competition
The new regulations are even more open for goalkeepers since they allow “to replace goalkeepers before each match during the tournament in the event of physical incapacity even if one or two goalkeepers from the list of players are still available. “. Last clarification: a replaced player on the list cannot be reinstated.