About the SGSA


The SGSA is the UK Government’s advisor on safety at sports grounds and a world leader in safety.

We provide independent, expert advice, based on nearly three decades of experience in making football in England and Wales a safe and enjoyable experience for spectators. We use our experience to advise and support other sports and related industries in the UK and internationally.

Put simply, our purpose is the ensure sports grounds are safe for everyone.

Our expert team of Inspectors provide first-rate support and advice based on their collective knowledge of areas including engineering, policing, emergency planning and facilities management. They support individual clubs and grounds, sports bodies, governments, architects and engineers to minimise risk and help deliver safe events for all.

Regulatory Role

Our regulatory role is to:

  • issue licences to the 91* Premier League and English Football League grounds, along with Wembley and the Principality Stadium to allow them to permit spectators to watch matches; and
  • oversee local authorities in their duties to sports grounds safety and safety certification.

Advisory Role

We provide safety advice and support to other sports both in the UK and internationally. We support in areas including:

  • Strategic advice, including diagnosing physical infrastructure and safety management risks to existing, new and refurbished stadiums.
  • Proactive action planning to enable sports bodies/grounds to develop and enhance spectator safety.
  • Educating to plan and prepare for challenging scenarios through the provision of training and scenario planning programmes.

Set standards

We set safety standards through our internationally-recognised best practice guidance, including the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide), which is used to build and develop sports grounds around the world.

The SGSA is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

*Coventry City currently ground sharing with Birmingham City, so there are 91 PL/EFL grounds at present.

Check the regulations

Compliance Code

The Compliance Code supports the Government’s better regulation agenda. Its purpose is to promote efficient and effective approaches to regulatory inspection and enforcement which improve regulatory outcomes.

SGSA Regulatory Role

The SGSA undertakes the regulatory role set out in Part 1 of the Football Spectators Act 1989 (1989 Act).


History of the SGSA

Find out about how the SGSA came into being, taking over from the Football Licensing Authority (FLA).

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Tools and resources

Annual Report

The SGSA Annual Report highlights our work from the previous year.

Strategic Plan 2016/2021

The SGSA Strategic Plan sets out our ambitious vision and goals for the future.