About the SGSA licence
What is the SGSA licence?
The 1975 Act empowers the Secretary of State to designate any sports ground, which, in their opinion, has accommodation for more than 10,000 spectators, or 5,000 in the case of Premier League and Football League grounds in England and Wales. This function is performed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The Secretary of State will normally be aware of major new sports grounds under construction but may not always have been informed of developments that might increase the capacity of an existing sports ground above the threshold for designation. It is therefore incumbent upon the local authority to notify the Secretary of State of any sports ground likely to require designation. It should give at least 10 weeks’ notice, so that the Secretary of State has sufficient time to be satisfied that the sports ground meets the criteria. As part of this process, the Secretary of State will formally consult the local authority, the sports ground owner, the emergency services and, where it will have a statutory role.
Which grounds require the SGSA licence?
Wembley Stadium, the Principality Stadium, and the home grounds of clubs FA Premier League, Football Championship, League 1 and League 2 require a licence issued by the SGSA before any spectator can be admitted to watch an association football match at that ground. Home grounds of clubs newly promoted from the National League to League 2 fall require a SGSA licence, while the home grounds of clubs relegated from League 2 to the National League become no longer subject to the SGSA licensing requirements.