It is vital that these guidelines facilitate sustainable football infrastructure development in every aspect, be it environmental, social or economic.
Many of these guidelines will apply to all football stadiums, however, in order to recognise the different sizes and individual circumstances of each stadium, we have introduced five categories of stadiums. This is designed to ensure that these guidelines can be applied across a range of projects and budgets. We are particularly keen to guard against the overprovision and overspecification of football stadiums, which is a risk of any one-size-fits-all approach. Some aspects of these guidelines will not apply to all stadiums, so in Chapter 7 we have attempted to show how these guidelines can be applied to different sizes of stadiums.
Whilst these guidelines are aimed at football stadiums, we also recognise that, in many circumstances, a stadium needs to be used in other ways to make sure that the project is sustainable. Therefore, the multi-use aspects of stadium design and operations are also considered.
These guidelines are also designed to support the ongoing, regular staging of football matches rather than just the hosting of any FIFA tournament or other competition. Each FIFA tournament has its own set of detailed infrastructure requirements, which are disseminated as part of the bidding process for each tournament.
Whilst some of these requirements rely on core, permanent stadium infrastructure, others are achieved through the adaptation of existing infrastructure and/or the installation of temporary overlay facilities. We have therefore deliberately excluded such tournament requirements from these guidelines. Section 2.9 provides guidance on how to future-proof as part of the design process, and it also covers the concept of overlay and the role it plays in the hosting of tournaments.