South American football says goodbye to mandatory COVID tests but will require the full vaccination schedule


As part of the advances in the fight against COVID in the world of sports, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), the organization that regulates this sport in South America, announced that will no longer require proof of vaccination against the virus for the different matches of its competitionsone of the main obstacles for players when they had to travel.

Through a statement, Conmebol explained that the medical experts from its COVID commission “concluded that the conditions already exist to adopt this measure”. The competitions sensitive to this new measure are Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and Recopa.

However, the lifting of this rule that governs football since it returned from stoppage due to the pandemic in 2020 does not exempt players from applying the complete vaccination schedule against the coronavirus.

The team of specialists from Conmebol will monitor why the members of a delegation (maximum 55), which range from players to coaching staff and directors, have the complete vaccination schedule which ranges from two to three applications depending on the country.

The requirement also includes referees, match officials, operating personnel, doctors and the anti-doping team. All those present at a duel in South America must be vaccinated.

If a positive is detected 72 hours before, the club must inform the entity and take care of the due isolation and medical evaluation of its player or if he is part of its organization.