Football without spectators guidance

On Saturday 30 May, Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP announced the resumption of elite live sport in settings without spectators.

The SGSA has been working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) along with Public Health England and sport governing bodies to ensure that any return to live sport is achieved safely.

In addition to the Government’s advice published on Saturday (available via the gov.uk website), the SGSA has today published new guidance for Safety Advisory Groups  in relation to the key safety considerations for football grounds. The information and guidance it contains will also be relevant to other sports grounds which may require a General Safety Certificate.

The guidance covers a number of issues including:

  • General Safety Certificates, including a standard condition for insertion into certificates
  • Safety and security considerations
  • Medical and first aid provision
  • Health and safety at work
  • Media provision

The guidance is being issued to help Safety Advisory Groups consider what actions may need to be taken following Government’s publication of Stage Three guidance on return to domestic competitions for elite sports.

The SGSA will keep the guidance under review and may issue updated guidance as and when required.

Sport Without Spectators – Football guidance (9 July)