The collation and analysis of relevant data and evidence is key to the SGSA’s commitment to being the world’s leading authority on sports grounds safety.

This section, which will be continually updated, will provide the latest information and research being conducted by the SGSA and our partners.

Independent research on standing at football

In August 2019 the SGSA commissioned independent research on the nature and scale of standing at football, associated safety risks and how to mitigate them. The research will take place over the 2019/20 season.  The results will be published next summer and provided to DCMS to help inform Government’s consideration of the all-seater policy.

In February 2020, the SGSA released the emerging findings of the research.

The research follows on from the review into evidence relating to the all-seater policy commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The review commissioned by DCMS identified a lack of evidence on standing at football grounds.  This latest analysis of evidence commissioned by SGSA examines the existing data and research relating to:

  • football matches taking place at all tiers of competition under the all-seater policy and other UK and International jurisdictions;
  • persistent standing contrary to current policy, and associated safety and injury risk; and
  • the evolution in stadium design, seating technology and modern crowd management approaches, in particular the introduction of rail seating and other new seating products such as seats with independent barriers.

DCMS Research: Standing at Football: A Rapid Evidence Assessment

Spectator experiences at pilot events

The SGSA and UK Sport have worked in partnership with the University of Edinburgh to understand the experience of spectators who have attended pilot events in the UK.

The project, co-funded by UK Sport, has seen surveys completed by 1,821 spectators who attended pilot sport events between 26 July and 3 October 2020.  The events covered football, horse racing, cricket, basketball and snooker.

The aim of the project was to get an understanding of how spectators felt about returning to a venue to watch live sport.

See the full reports.

Spectator injury statistics

The SGSA annually collates and publishes a summary of reported injuries at football grounds in England and Wales.

Data is requested from all Premier League and Football League clubs plus Wembley and the Principality Stadium and includes all competitive league and cup games.

SGSA standard injury data form

Spectator Injury Data Strategic Objectives

Improving Spectator Injury Data Report 

Injuries at football grounds 2019/20

Injuries at football grounds 2018/19

Injuries at football grounds 2017/18

Injuries at football grounds 2016/17

Academic Advisory Panel

SGSA has established an Academic Advisory Panel where SGSA and academics with an interest in safety at sports grounds can discuss issues of common concern.

The inaugural meeting of the Panel took place on 5 September 2019. SGSA anticipates holding further such meetings once or twice a year.

Academic Forum Terms of Reference

Academic Round Table Minutes 5 September 2019

Additionally, SGSA engages with individual Panel members as appropriate if issues arise which would benefit from their specific knowledge and interest.

Panel membership is open to any academic or researcher working on such issues. For further details, please contact the SGSA.

Other SGSA research

Changing Nature of Spectator Behaviour

This short research paper arose as part of the work undertaken by Aidan Collins, a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of York, while on a 3-month internship with the SGSA. This work placement was fully funded by the Research Council United Kingdom and was conducted between June and September 2019.

External resources

Please find below links to other websites with data and evidence directly or indirectly related to safety at sports grounds.

Please note views and opinions expressed on these other websites are not necessarily those of the SGSA.

Football-related arrests and banning orders, England and Wales: 2018 to 2019 season

Kick It Out Reporting Statistics