About the SGSA

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) is the world leader in spectator safety at sports grounds. We work with governments, national and international governing bodies of sports, local organising committees, leagues, venues and clubs, as well as stadia architects and designers to minimise risk and help deliver safe events.  Put simply, our purpose is to ensure sports grounds are safe for everyone.

We produce Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (otherwise known as the Green Guide), now in its sixth edition, which is recognised globally as the definitive statement of best practice.

The SGSA is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. As the UK Government’s expert body of sports ground safety, we have a statutory responsibility to regulate local authorities in their oversight of safety at all football grounds in the Premier League and the English Football League, as well as at Wembley and the Principality Stadium. We also issue licences to these stadia to enable them to admit spectators.

We also have an expanded role to provide advice and support for other sports both in the UK and internationally.  This includes:

  • 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.

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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.