A licence to admit spectators to standing accommodation at League 1 and League 2 Football grounds will only be granted where the layout of the accommodation:

  • comprises continuous crush barriers between radial gangways, as outlined in the sixth edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide);
  • is such that all spectators are within 12 metres of a gangway or exit as measured along a line of unobstructed travel from the viewing position (see Green Guide);
  • the spacing, strength and construction of all the crush barriers conform to the Green Guide;
  • the height and positioning of all the crush barriers are in accord with the Green Guide;

It should be assumed that level standing areas or non-stepped sloping areas will not form part of the viewing accommodation that will be licensed for spectator use

Clubs promoted from the Football Conference who have not been members of the Football League since 1999 have three years in which to bring their standing accommodation up to the prescribed standard.

Check the regulations

Licences issued by SGSA

The annual licence issued by the SGSA to each club specifies the areas of the ground to which spectators may be admitted. Read about the process and download the forms here.

Monitoring Local Authorities

The SGSA has published guidance on Safety Certification which provides a single source of reference on the principles and procedures governing the safety certification of sports grounds. The SGSA uses this document as a yardstick when keeping under review local authorities which come within its regulatory oversight.

All Seated Football Stadiums

Lord Justice Taylor’s Report of the Inquiry into the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster recommended that all grounds in the old First and Second Divisions of the Football League (now FA Premier League and Football League Championship) should be all-seated by August 1994. Lord Justice Taylor also recommended that clubs in the former Third and Fourth Divisions (the current Leagues 1 and 2) of the Football League should be all-seated by August 1999.


Support for Local Authorities – Policies and Procedures

To assist local authorities develop appropriate policies and procedures, or to review existing ones, the SGSA has produced guidance which explains what should be included in an authority’s policies and procedures for the issue and review of a safety certificate, for the monitoring of compliance with the terms and conditions of a safety certificate and for the enforcement of the 1975 and 1987 Acts.

My club has been promoted; what do I need to know?

Information to help Football Conference clubs understand the requirements that will be placed upon them following promotion to the Football League and to provide links to sources of detailed information which will help them in planning how to meet those requirements.