UEFA has one strict pitch rule for Euro 2024: A Lesson the Premier League should embrace

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UEFA has one strict pitch rule for Euro 2024: A Lesson the Premier League should embrace

Ahead of Euro 2024, UEFA has implemented strict rules concerning the condition of the pitch. This decision comes after a controversial incident during the 23/24 Premier League season, where Bournemouth's match against Manchester United caused a stir.

Fans noticed excessive water in Manchester United's attacking half. Interestingly, while Premier League regulations do not specify limits on watering the pitch before kick-off, UEFA is taking proactive measures to ensure fair play and optimal playing conditions for all teams involved in the tournament.

The host association must announce the pitch-watering schedule 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 60 minutes before kick-off. Additional pitch watering may be carried out if so decided by the host association in the qualifying competition and by UEFA in the final tournament, provided it takes place:

- between 15 and 10 minutes before kick-off (or between 20 and 15 minutes before kick-off during the final tournament depending on the countdown); and/or

- during half-time (for a maximum of five minutes, allowing substitute players to warm up on the field of play).

AuthorAndrii SokolovskyiSourceSPORTbible
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