What does Zone Ex mean?

Zone Ex (the External Zone) and sometimes referred to as the ‘Last Mile’ is in the public domain and should be considered to encompass the main pedestrian and vehicle routes leading from Zone 5 to public car parks, local train stations, bus stops and so on.

Further information and guidance on the management of Zone Ex is available in the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds which can be purchased in both digital and hard copy from this website.


Reflections on security at future major events

Ken Scott blogs about his reflections on security at future major events.

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Tools and resources

Standing in Seated Areas

The 2013 Joint Statement on Standing in Seated Areas at Football Grounds, agreed by SGSA, Premier League, English Football League, the FA, FSOA and others.

Safety Management

Our Safety Management guidance brings together good practice on safety personnel, safety management procedures, event management and preparing for incidents.


Our Concourses document contains helpful information including advice on occupancy levels and floor space factors.


Planning for increased threat levels

Guidance for sports grounds in planning for an increase to threat levels

Planning for Dynamic Lockdown

Guidance notes for sports grounds on planning for a dynamic lockdown as a response to the threat of a gun, vehicle, weapon or other type of terrorist incident at the ground or in the vicinity of the ground.

When should the first annual inspection and structural appraisal be undertaken at a new, or recently completed, stadium?

What they're saying

“Fan safety at sports grounds is paramount. The world looks to us as an example of how to manage risks and improve safety records and this guide will continue to contribute to that legacy.”

Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in relation to the Green Guide