Introduction - Stadiums & Arenas

UEFA Stadium Lighting Guide 2023

Content Type
UEFA Guidelines
Stadium & Arena
Stadium Lighting
Enforcement Date

The UEFA Lighting Guide 2023 provides detailed technical information and guidance on floodlighting for football stadiums. It replaces the previous version from 2016. While only minor changes have been made to the lighting requirements, additional design guidance and information has been included on the use of LED as the light source.

When designing a new pitch illuminance system, note that the illuminance values given here are the recommended minimum values to be applied to each relevant stadium category. It is recommended that, wherever possible, illuminance values should exceed UEFA’s minimum requirements for the various competitions as stated in the UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations taking account of further stipulations in the individual competition regulations and manuals. Staging agreements for finals or final tournaments may include specific clauses on floodlighting.

The UEFA Lighting Guide 2023 is intended for UEFA member associations and suppliers to provide appropriate illuminance at stadiums in the UEFA region. It takes account of recent technological developments and will guide stadium owners wanting to install a high-quality system tailored to the current and anticipated future broadcasting environment and UEFA’s competition requirements.

When designing a pitch illuminance system, the lighting efficiency should be evaluated, and the most environmentally friendly solution should always be chosen.