Forthcoming EURO final rounds and additional assistant referees at next year's UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel are among the items on the agenda for the next UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday.
The committee, chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini, will be bringing a hectic year of work to a close at the Lausanne Palace. Discussions will focus on the format for UEFA EURO 2016 in France – the first EURO tournament to feature 24 teams – as well as the concept for UEFA EURO 2020.
Deliberations will also centre on the use of additional assistant referees at the U21 tournament next summer. Two additional assistant referees – who stand on each goal line and watch in particular for penalty-area incidents – are being deployed in this season's UEFA club competitions, following a decision in July by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to incorporate additional assistants into the Laws of the Game.
The host venue for the 2013 UEFA Futsal Cup finals will also be named, and a decision is expected on the name of UEFA's new youth competition for clubs. Venues for the 2014 and 2015 UEFA Ordinary Congresses will also be chosen. The XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress will take place in London on 24 May 2013.
The meeting of the Executive Committee will begin at 09.00CET and is scheduled to finish at 16.30CET. It will be followed immediately by a press conference attended by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino. The press conference will be broadcast live on UEFA.com.
The first meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in 2013 will be held on 25 January at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.
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