UEFA has intensified the fight against doping in football – and is working in accordance with the motto 'one positive case is one case too many'.
Any player participating in a UEFA competition may be required not only to undergo a doping control after a match, but also to undergo out-of-competition controls. No advance information is given as to when controls will take place. The video above shows what happens during an anti-doping control.
To illustrate the breadth of UEFA's work in this area, in the 2012/13 season it tested almost 1,900 players in its competitions. There were 813 players tested in the UEFA Champions League (489 of them were tested out-of-competition), 561 players in the UEFA Europa League, and over 500 in other competitions including futsal, women and youth tournaments.
Following a decision by the UEFA Executive Committee in May 2013, UEFA has begun carrying out blood testing across all its competitions from the start of the 2013/14 season.
Until then, UEFA had only conducted blood tests at the UEFA EURO 2008 and UEFA EURO 2012 final tournaments. Blood testing will take place both in and out-of-competition, and at a doping control players may be asked to give only urine samples, only blood samples, or both.
An accompanying education programme is aimed especially at young players. Instructive sessions on anti-doping are conducted during final tournaments of all UEFA youth competitions. Educational material distributed to players helps to raise their awareness, informs about UEFA's anti-doping regulations and procedures, and prevents from committing procedural errors.
A web-based interactive platform (Training Ground) is also available online. The content is adapted to a visitor's profile (10-12 years old, 13-15 years old, 16+, coach/doctor) and covers different anti-doping topics.
Anti-doping activities are administered within UEFA by the Competitions division under director Giorgio Marchetti and advised by experts composing the Anti-Doping Panel.
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