Football league capacity requirements

The Football League requires that the ground occupied by a club promoted to League 2 must have a certified capacity of at least 4,000 (with the ability to be increased to 5,000) which shall include at least 500 seats (with the ability to be increased to 1,000).

By 1 May in its first season as a Member of the Football League, the club is required to have a certified capacity of 5,000 which shall include at least 1000 seats (with the ability to be increased to 2,000).

By 1 May in its third season as a Member of the Football League, the club is required to have a certified capacity of 5,000 which shall include at least 2,000 seats.

As clubs develop their ground to meet the above criteria it is important to remember that by the end of their third season in the Football League the SGSA will require them to have brought any terracing up to the prescribed standard or take that terracing out of use which would therefore reduce the capacity of the ground.

The Football League website contains full details of the membership criteria.

Guidance

Matches between league and non-league opposition

What is the SGSA's role at FA Cup matches where a Premier or Football League Club is drawn away to non-league opposition?

Operations Manual

Details of what should be included in the operations manual of a sports ground.

About the SGSA licence

Safety certification for National League clubs

Guidance on safety certification for National League clubs.

Terracing – prescribed standard

Information on the requirements of terracing for Football League clubs.