The use of an ”Official Squad” of each delegation allows the participating nations to replace two players after the preliminary round and one player after the main round. This option eases the pressure for the participants especially in the case of injury.
In addition to this, the listing of a final squad prior to the commencement of the championship is in the interest of the work of the media and press, as well as all those involved in promotion and public relation activities.
Official Squad: Total number of players (maximum 28) announced by the National Federations as their basis group for selecting the team participating in a European Championship.
Official Delegation: Players (maximum 16) and Officials (maximum 6) announced at the Technical Meeting for participation in the respective competition.
1. An Official Squad with a total number of 28 (or less) players, including the assignment of player numbers, must be announced by 15 December 2009, 12:00 by all participating delegations. The contingent of 28 players is the official/final squad of players of each participating nation. A maximum of 16 players from the original 28 will be announced at the first technical meeting one day before the start of the Championship.
2. After the preliminary round - rest day 23 January 2010 14:00 hrs (groups C+D) and 24 January 2010 14:00hrs (groups A+B). - a maximum of 2 players can be replaced by two new players from the original contingent of 28 (or less). The following procedure applies:
The EHF shall be informed in writing (using the official form for replacements, presenting the paper officially signed and stamped) about the details of the replacing players - this should reflect the information on the original ”Official Squad” list.
The passports of the new players have to be presented by the team guide, team official, etc. to an EHF official in the EHF championship office in original or by fax. In case of a fax copy of the passport is presented by the deadlines stipulated, the original passport shall be presented subsequently to the EHF at the Technical Meeting on the respective day accordingly.
After the replacements are confirmed by the EHF (final acceptance to be granted only after the original passport has been presented), the new players will be put on the official match report of the next playing day, the replaced players will be removed and all parties involved (media, statistics) are informed accordingly.
3. After the main round - Friday, 29 January 2010 14:00 hrs. - a maximum of one player can be replaced with one new player from the contingent of 28 (or less). An identical procedure applies.
Even if less than 28 players are entered by the deadline announced by the EHF this team is the final squad. As a consequence all players eligible to participate in the EHF EURO 2010 in Austria are known as of the date stipulated.
The system applied replaces point 188.8.131.52 (late registration) of the European Championship Regulations.
A player being replaced by another player after the preliminary round can be used again during the final weekend under the condition of a replacement referred to in point 2.
In case that a player under suspension (certain period of time or number of matches) is replaced after the preliminary round or main round, the new player is only eligible to participate after the suspension has been completed.
Additional costs arising from the replacement or the additional announcement of players shall be borne by the participating nation, apart from the costs of local transport - including the transport from and to the arrival airport, which is provided by the OC.