FIFA Football Stadiums Guidelines 2022


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Whilst these guidelines are extensive, no single document can provide an exhaustive account in terms of every aspect of bringing a stadium to life. These guidelines have referenced the following documents, which can provide further details on relevant topics as required.

Document Organisation Introduction Link
Access for All guide UEFA and CAFE The UEFA and CAFE Access for All guide sets out the minimum requirements at football stadiums based on European standards. The guide offers practical advice and solutions to plan for and to deliver accessible facilities and services at new and existing stadiums alike. 1 ]
FIFA Pitch Operations Handbook FIFA FIFA experts provide an overview of pitch maintenance and competition markings. The handbook is primarily aimed at groundsmen preparing pitches for FIFA tournaments. via FIFA Digital Platform
FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf FIFA The FIFA Quality Programme sets out the criteria for an acceptable artificial football turf alongside a certification programme and recommended maintenance activities. 3 ]
FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations FIFA The FIFA Stadium Safety and Security Regulations help to effectively prepare and manage safety and security infrastructure as well as operations during FIFA tournaments. 4 ]
Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction United Nations Environment Programme The UN Environment and International Energy Agency established the report to introduce its findings on the building and construction industry as well as to call for action to considerably reduce building and construction- related carbon dioxide emissions. 5 ]
Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (6th Edition) Sports Ground Safety Authority The internationally recognised guide from the English Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) provides a best-practice approach towards the safe design and operations of sports grounds. 6 ]
Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds Sports Ground Safety Authority Supplementary Guidance 01: Safe standing in seated areas 7 ]
Guiding Principles on business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework United Nations Rights Office of the High Commissioner Safe standing in seated areas 8 ]
IFC Performance Standard 2 on Labor and Working conditions International Finance Corporation (IFC) The IFC defines labour and working conditions for the protection of fundamental rights of workers and employees. 9 ]
IFC Performance Standard 5 on Land Acquisition and Involutary Resettlement International Finance Corporation (IFC) The IFC defines guidance on how to ensure people’s rights are respected in the process of land acquisition and involuntary resettlement. 10 ]
Laws of the Game 22/23 The International Football Association Board (The IFAB) The laws of the game of football as recognised by FIFA. 11 ]
Safety Management guide Sports Ground Safety Authority The SGSA’s Safety Management guide draws together good practice on safety personnel and management, procedures, event management and preparing for incidents. 12 ]
Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector. Global Status Report 2017 United Nation Environment and International Energy Agency This annual report is part of the United Nations Environment Programme and tracks global progress against the Paris Agreement Goals. 13 ]
UEFA guide to Quality Stadiums UEFA UEFA has developed a comprehensive but accessible step- by-step guide to stadium design and construction that lays out the various processes and many of the issues involved in developing a stadium. 14 ]
UN Sustainability Goals United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, established by the United Nations, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. 15 ]
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PRESIDENT Gianni Infantino
WORKING GROUP Colin Smith, Heimo Schirgi, Christian Stiegler, Kaj Heyral, Guy Smith, Alan Ferguson, Kate Filochowski

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