The rules of the European Championship: 5 or 6 substitutions, VAR and a solid prize pool

UEFA Euro 2020 is the first major tournament where each country is allowed to make 5 substitutions per game. This new rule has been commonplace in most competitions for a while, so the coaches also have more options at the European Championships.

These substitutions must be made in 3 periods. If overtime is involved, a 4th moment is allowed and a 6th substitution may also be initiated.

Since there are more exchange options, the cores of each participant are also larger than usual. An upgrade from 23 to 26 players was made. Although the match sheet ultimately contains a maximum of 23 names per country.

The national coaches had to submit the list of players on June 1, ten days before the
start of the European Championship. After that, players can still be substituted for the first match in the event of a serious injury or illness.

And what if corona keeps a group of players in a stranglehold, as is more or less the case with Spain? Below you can read the procedure that can be invoked in case of one or more infections.

Football can finally be played and then discussions about arbitration are never far away. The VAR will also be present for the first time at a European championship. The video ref will be based in the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The usual rules are applied with regard to suspensions. A player who is excluded is suspended from the next game. In the case of serious violations, the UEFA Disciplinary Committee will decide on any additional suspensions.

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After two yellow cards in two or more matches, a suspension of one match day follows. At the end of the quarter-finals, the yellow card counter will be zero. Players can start the semi-finals with a clean criminal record

Will the winner take the jackpot? The prize pool still looks attractive, but corona is also a crucial factor here.

The promised 371 million euros will be reduced by 40 million euros. According to UEFA, there is less money to distribute due to the corona crisis. Nevertheless, 331 million euros in prize money is still a record amount.

Five years ago, at the European Championship in France, where 24 countries participated for the first time, 301 million euros was distributed. Then the European champion could earn a maximum of 27 million euros, this time the final laureate can earn 28.25 million euros. Then all group matches must also be won.

In any case, each country is insured of 9.25 million euros as a start-up premium. A win in the group stage yields 1 million euros, a draw half that. A ticket for the eighth finals is good for 1.5 million euros, the next round brings 2.5 million euro in kas.

Those who advance to the semi-finals will receive 4 million euros. A premium of 8 million euros is ready for the final winner losing finalist receives 5 million euros.

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