June 10, 2016 2:10 pm
The 2016 UEFA European Championship starts today, with the football game between France and Romania! The Championship will take place in 10 cities all over France and it will last for a whole month. 24 teams will start the competition and the winning team earns the right to compete in 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which will be hosted by Russia.
Having in mind this big European event, we searched in IATE for a term, which has a connection to football and believe it or not, we found one: football steward.
Don’t know who they are?
Well, if you ever watched a football game you might have noticed the people, dressed in green reflective jackets who are usually facing the crowd, so they do not watch the game. They are the football stewards. Their primary role is to get the spectators safely out of the stadium in case of an evacuation. They also have to spot immediately a potential problem that happens in the crowd, which could require an evacuation.
If you do not pity the stewards now, just because they cannot watch the game as all the spectators do, then you have to know that they are not supposed to leave their place unless they call for a replacement. They are always in pairs, so they do not have to stand for the whole 90 minutes of game plus the extra time on their feet.
There are regulations regarding the distance between two stewards and the amount of the fine the stadium might pay if the stewards leave their position open. There were extreme cases in which stadiums almost were closed to the public, because it did not have the required number of stewards. So apparently, for the crowd’s safety and the sake of the stadium, the role of the stewards is an important one.
The 2016 UEFA European Championship commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016 will be the 15th edition and Spain, the two-time champions, will try to defend their title.
We tried to keep the information about UEFA Euro 2016 to the minimum and let you enjoy the games, unlike the football stewards which will watch the crowd, but if you are a football fan (who isn’t?) here are some glossaries related to this sport.
Written by Raluca Caranfil
Communication Trainee at TermCoord
Journalist & Student at the University of Luxembourg
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