Publications

The SGSA publishes a range of guidance documents to assist ground management to safely manage their venues and to provide advice to local authorities involved in the safety certification of those sports grounds. A number of these guides can be downloaded from this site, whilst others can be purchased from this website or directly from the SGSA.

In addition to these publications, we have also contributed to a number of publications produced by other organisations. Information about a number of these is also available here

Please use menu below to select the publication you wish to view or purchase


Accessible Stadia
The front cover of Accessible Stadia

This comprehensive publication brings together the background information central to designing and providing for disabled spectators at stadia.

It lays out clearly the requirements and...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2003
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Alternative Uses of Sports Grounds
The Front cover of the forthcoming Alternative Uses of Sports Grounds Publication

Alternative Uses provides much needed guidance to stadium owners, operators, local authorities, promoters and event organisers to help adapt existing sports grounds to safely accommodate a range...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2015
Annual Report
The front cover of the latest Annual Report

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority’s Annual Report and Accounts, spanning the full 2014/15 financial year Authority (SGSA) is now available. The Report sets out how we operate, covering our goals...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2015
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CCTV Code of Practice
The front cover of the CCTV Code of Practice Publication

This code of practice replaces one first issued in 2000. Since then there have been advances in the way CCTV is used, the technology employed and the wider legal environment in which it operates....

Author: ICO
First Published: 2008
Read more about: CCTV Code of Practice
Concessionaire Facilities
The front cover of the Guide to Control over Concessionaire Facilities.

This document provides further guidance on the matters to be considered when concessionaire and other allied services are provided at sports grounds.The guidance covers catering and hospitality;...

Author: District Surveyors Association
First Published: 1996
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Concourses
The front cover of Concourses

Concourses draws upon the views and experience of safety officers, leading stadia architects and engineers in addition to the survey work of the Core Cities group of local authorities.  It...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2006
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Control Rooms
The front cover of Control rooms

Control Rooms provides an invaluable source of information for sports ground managers, designers, safety advisors and agencies involved in the upgrading of an existing facility or the design of a...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2005
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Counter Terrorism Protective Security Advice
The front cover of Counter Terrorism Protective Advice

The document is published by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and is intended to give protective security advice to those who are responsible for stadium and arena security,...

Author: National Counter Terrorism Security Office
First Published: 2012
DCMS Circular

The purpose of this Notice is to remind Chief Executives of their powers and responsibilities under section 10 of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975, which allows local authorities to issue...

Author: DCMS
First Published: 1995
Read more about: DCMS Circular
Design-Build
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Design-Build is a method of building procurement which originated in the 1950s. It was promoted by contractors as an alternative to the traditional UK method.With 'traditional' method the...

Author: Football Stadia Advisory Design Council
First Published: 1992
Read more about: Design-Build
Dynamic Performance
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Dynamic performance requirements for permanent grandstands subject to crowd action - Interim guidance on assessment and design.The principal advice given in the Guidance concerns the recommended...

Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers
First Published: 2001
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Dynamic Testing of Grandstands and Seating Decks

This Advisory Note was produced by a joint working group of the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and the Department for Culture...

Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers
First Published: 2002
Electronic Gates
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The primary means of unlocking electronically controlled gates is by means of a switch/ button in the stadium control room. This is designed to be supplemented by a "fail safe" system whereby any...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2009
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Football Stadia Bibliography 1980-1990
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The publication provides a comprehensive bibliography of football stadia references. The study of football stadia covers a wide number of disciplines, and often finds common ground with related...

Author: Football Stadia Advisory Design Council
First Published: 1991
General Safety Certificate and Guidance Notes (Specimen)
The front cover of Specimen General Safety Certificate and Guidance Notes

This Guide is intended to provide a unified approach to the issue of safety certificates, principally in relation to designated sports grounds. The aim is to ensure that reasonable safety is...

Author: District Surveyors Association
First Published: 1997
Guide to Electrical and Mechanical Services at Sports Grounds
The front cover of the Guide to Electrical and Mechanical Services at Sports Grounds

This document provides detailed advice on electrical and mechanical services at sports grounds for Certifying Authorities and for those responsible for crowd safety at sporting events. The...

Author: District Surveyors Association
First Published: 1996
Guide to Performance Inspections
The front cover of the Guide to Performance Inspections of Specified Activities at Sports Grounds

This document provides further guidance on the matters to be considered when "during performance" Local Authorities, to assess the holder's ability to comply with the terms and conditions of the...

Author: District Surveyors Association
First Published: 1996
Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds
The front cover of the 5th Edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority's predecessor, the Football Licensing Authority, was commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to produce the fifth edition of the Guide to...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2007
Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds During Construction
The front cover of The Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds During Construction

The aim of this document is to give Certifying Authorities guidance on how to ensure that reasonable standards of public safety can be maintained whilst construction operations are in progress....

Author: District Surveyors Association
First Published: 1999
Home Office Circular - 130/1976

This circular introduces the first designation order made under the provisions of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 and provides guidance on the procedure regarding applications for general...

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1976
Home Office Circular - 187/1976

This circular provides guidance on the procedure regarding the application for a special safety certificate.

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1976
Home Office Circular - 19/1988

This circular introduces the provisions of Part IV of  the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1988
Home Office Circular - 5/1986

This circular summarises the recommendations made by the Committee of Inquiry into Crowd Safety and Control at Sports Grounds in its final report.

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1986
Home Office Circular - 54/1985

This circular summarises the recommendations made by the Committee of Inquiry into Crowd Safety and Control at Sports Grounds in its interim report.

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1985
Home Office Circular - 7/1986

This circular explains the changes to the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 brought about by the Local Government Act 1985

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1986
Home Office Circular - 71/1987

This circular introduces the provisions of Part II of the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 which amended the Safety of Sports Ground Act 1975.

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1987
Home Office Circular - 72/1987

This circular introduces Statutory Guidance given by the Secretary of State on inspections of designated sports grounds under section 10B of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (the 1975 Act) as...

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1987
Home Office Circular - 96/1988

This circular, together with annexes A - D, introduces the provisions of Part III of the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 (the 1987 Act) and the Safety of Places of Sport...

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1988
Home Office Circular - 97/1988

This circular introduces (a) Statutory Guidance under section 26 (8) of the 1987 Act to local authorities in discharging their function of determining whether a stand at a sports ground is a "...

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1988
Home Office Circular -150/1975

This circular introduces the provisions of the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975

Author: Home Office
First Published: 1975
On the Sidelines
The front cover of On The Sidelines

A summary of the first ever comprehensive survey of disabled supporters, conducted jointly by the FSADC and the Sir Norman Chester Centre for football Research. A second publication, "Designing...

Author: Football Stadia Advisory Design Council
First Published: 1992
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Pre-Match Entertainment
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Pre-Match and Half-Time Entertainment at Football Grounds - (extracts from a letter to certifying authorities dated 23rd February 2004)

The Football Licensing Authority has...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2004
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Pyrotechnics - (Flares, Smoke Bombs and Fireworks)
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In February 2011 the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) issued guidance to clubs on the safe handling and storage of flares and pyrotechnic devices. Since then the number of devices...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2013
Safe and Secure Sports Grounds for all Sports

Following the terrorist incidents in France that took place in 2015, the UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has been reviewing its advice. The SGSA has been working with NaCTSO...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2015
Safety Certification of Sports Grounds - Guidance

This guidance updates and supersedes the guidance on safety certification issued by the Football Licensing Authority (FLA) in 2001. Although it is specifically addressed to local authorities...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2009
Safety Management
The front cover of Safety Management.

Safety management at sports grounds has steadily become more sophisticated and more professional over the past twenty years. “Safety Management” the latest publication in the SGSA’s...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2009
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Seating
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"Seating" seeks to guide clubs, architects and other interested parties through the basics of the three main aspects of the subject:

  • viewing standards for seated spectators
  • ...
Author: Football Stadia Advisory Design Council
First Published: 1992
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SGSA Strategy 2016 - 2021
The front cover of the SGSA Strategy Document

The SGSA has published its new five year strategy which sets out its vision and explains how it will share its expertise for the benefit of more spectators and more sports around the world. 

...
Author: SGSA
First Published: 2016
Read more about: SGSA Strategy 2016 - 2021
Stadium Public Address Systems
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Public address systems are required for a number of purposes:

  • As an essential part of the emergency procedures
  • To communicate with spectators
  • To relay entertainment...
Author: Football Stadia Advisory Design Council
First Published: 1992
Stadium Roofs
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Construction of a new covered stand is one of the clearest statements a club can make about itself and its relationship with the community. A grandstand roof is often the most dominant structure...

Author: Football Stadia Advisory Design Council
First Published: 1993
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Standing in Seated Areas
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This paper we examines the nature and causes of spectators standing in seated areas at Premier and Football League grounds. We conclude that this is unacceptable from the point of view not merely...

Author: SGSA
First Published: 2002
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Temporary Demountable Structures
The front cover of Temporary Demountable Structures

This document provides guidance on the procurement, design, erection and use of temporary demountable structures such as grandstands, marquees, stage structures and barriers. Towers and masts to...

Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers
First Published:
Terraces
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The advice contained in this guidance document is aimed at clubs seeking to replace or upgrade existing terraces. Detailed advice is given to ensure the provision of adequate sightlines as well as...

Author: Football Stadia Advisory Design Council
First Published: 1993
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Toilet Facilities at Stadia
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The provision of modern, well equipped, well designed and well maintained toilets is not merely a design issue. It has a direct effect on the way spectators will behave. At a time when the general...

Author: Football Stadia Advisory Design Council
First Published: 1993
Read more about: Toilet Facilities at Stadia