UEFA's Executive Committee gathers for its final meeting of the year at the House of European Football in Nyon today, and will examine the bid regulations for the UEFA EURO 2016™ tournament.
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UEFA's Executive Committee gathers for its final meeting of the year at the House of European Football in Nyon today.
2016 bid regulations
UEFA's supreme executive body, chaired by UEFA President Michel Platini, will examine the bid regulations for the UEFA EURO 2016™ tournament – the first EURO to feature 24 teams following an Executive Committee decision at its last meeting in Bordeaux in September. A decision will also be taken on the hosts for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2011.
The Executive Committee will also hear a report on the experiment with five match officials which has been taking place at various UEFA European U19 Championship qualifying mini-tournaments. In addition to the match referee and two assistant referees on the touchline, two extra assistants are situated behind the goalline to focus on incidents that happen in the penalty area, such as fouls or misconduct. The tests follow approval by football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board, last spring.
UEFA Women's Cup
Women's club football is on the agenda too, with discussions centring on the name and future format of the UEFA Women's Cup, which was launched in the 2001/02 season, and which has become increasingly popular in conjunction with the constant rise in standards in the women's game. The Executive Committee will be asked to decide on the venue for the 2010 UEFA Congress – European football's parliament which brings together UEFA and its member national associations.