Safe standing to be trialled in the Premier League and Championship this season

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The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has a rail seating section that can be used for safe standing (AFP via Getty Images)
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has a rail seating section that can be used for safe standing (AFP via Getty Images)

Supporters will be allowed to stand in selected Premier League and Championship grounds this season for the first time in over a quarter of a century.

Safe standing is set to trialled from January 1 after the government gave the green light to the Sports Ground Safety Authority [SGSA] to begin assessing grounds. Clubs in the top two tiers have until October 6 to apply to the SGSA to offer supporters licensed standing areas.

Tottenham and Chelsea are among the clubs who would be able to comfortably meet the criteria for safe standing, which must be in both home and away sections.

The SGSA also stipulate that fans must be able to sit or stand in the licensed area, there must also be only one seat or space per person and the view of other fans, including disabled supporters, should not be impacted.

The SGSA will evaluate clubs’ applications after October 6 and make recommendations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS], while the licensed standing areas will be independently evaluated in the second half of the season.

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston said: “We have been clear that we will work with fans and clubs towards introducing safe standing at football grounds providing there was evidence that installing seating with barriers would have a positive impact on crowd safety.

“With independent research now complete, and capacity crowds back at grounds across the country, now is the right time to make progress. I look forward to hearing from clubs who wish to be part of our early adopters programme during the second half of this season.”

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