Injury Statistics

SUMMARY OF SPECTATORS’ INJURY STATISTICS

Background

At the end of each season as part of the licence application, we ask all the Premier and Football League clubs and international grounds to provide details of the number of spectators treated for injuries at football matches at their grounds.

For the purpose of this summary an injury is classed as a wound or trauma, hurt or harm, usually applied to damage inflicted on a body by an external force.  Illnesses are by their nature excluded.  Pre-existing injuries are also discounted from the returns as the summary primarily focuses on spectators’ injuries occurring within the curtilage of the ground on match day.

Summary of Findings

2013/14 Football Season

  • The number of reported spectator injuries for 2013/14 season was 1088, a 13% increase from the 965 reported in 2012/13.
  • The reported overall injury ratio per spectator was one injury per 31,300 spectators. 
  • The total number of injured spectators reported taken to hospital was 64, compared with 77 in the previous season. 
  • Overall most injuries were minor and were treated by the sports ground medical team. The highest category, as in previous years, was injuries resulting from trips, slips and falls.

 

  Spectators treated for injuries Taken to hospital Attendance 1 injury per
Premier &
International
2012/13 432 29 17,738,470 41,061
2013/14 464 25 17,553,754 37,831
 
Championship 2012/13 273 30 10,597,076 38,817
2013/14 300 19 9,481,247 31,604
 
League 1 2012/13 135 12 3,910,355 28,966
2013/14 172 10 4,452,468 25,886
 
League 2 2012/13 125 6 3,408,465 27,267
2013/14 152 9 2,566,633 16,886
 
Total 2012/13 965 77 35,654,366 36,948
2013/14 1088 63 34,054,102 31,300

 

A pie chart displaying a breakdown injuries by division

 

A bar graph showing the injury ratio per spectator for the last 5 years

 

A bar chart showing a breakdown of the cause of spectator injuries