Guidance

The SGSA is an advisor to government on all aspects of safety at sports grounds. The SGSA’s predecessor, the FLA, was commissioned by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, to produce the 4th and 5th (current) edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide).

The Green Guide is an advisory document for use by competent persons and is the distillation of many years of research and experience of the safety management and design of sports grounds.

The SGSA publishes a series of Sports Grounds and Stadia Guides which complement and expand upon the advice contained in the Green Guide. The publications currently available are:

The SGSA has a regulatory role of overseeing how local authorities discharge their functions under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (1975 Act) at grounds at which designated football matches are played. To assist the local authorities it oversees the SGSA has produced Safety Certification, which provides a single source of reference on the safety certification process, monitoring and enforcement. Although the guidance is specifically addressed at local authorities responsible for the safety certification of sports grounds at which designated football matches are played the advice it contains will be of value to all local authorities that issue safety certificates to sports grounds under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (1975 Act or the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987.

Although the SGSA’s regulatory role does not extend to clubs in the Football Conference we are happy to provide general advice and guidance to clubs on the interpretation and application of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds  or any of our Sports Grounds and Stadia Guides​.

We have also devoted a section of the website to offer more detailed guidance to clubs in the Football Conference, this guidance can be accessed here.