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The Sports Grounds Safety Authority was established to build on the success of the Football Licensing Authority, and the critical role it played in transforming spectator safety at football grounds in the UK over the last 20 years.

We aim to drive continuous improvement, and to work in collaboration with partners to champion innovation in the structures and systems for safety management.



Examples of innovative approaches to aspects of safety management include:

  • In 2010 we contributed to the ‘On the Ball’ steward training pack produced on behalf of the Football Authorities and the Football Safety Officers Association. This guidance, launched in 2010, provides an innovative and interactive resource to satisfy NVQ level 2 requirements. It represents a collective and ongoing commitment to supporting high standards of stewarding. This has been widely distributed to all 92 Premier and Football League clubs, to Wembley and the Millennium Stadium, and to a number of Conference clubs.
  • In 2011 in response to an increased use of flares and pyrotechnics in grounds, we worked with the Home Office, the UK Football Policing Unit, the Health and Safety Executive and relevant sports bodies to produce new guidance for clubs and safety officers on how to identify and dispose safely of flares.

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority aims to lead the way on integrated safety management, setting standards and providing advice at a local, national and international level.

We have produced a number of ground-breaking publications that provide expert guidance on best practice and safety at sports grounds including: 

We are always looking for new or improved ways of doing things. If you are aware of examples of innovative approaches to safety management in sports grounds why not email us.