Article 41 Stadium control room - Safety and Security

UEFA Safety and Security Regulations

Content Type
Technical Regulations
Specific Regulations
Safety and Security
Enforcement Date
15 June 2019

The organiser should ensure an integrated approach to safety, security and service activities by means of a stadium control room, closed-circuit television system, and monitoring and communication systems.


The safety and security officer, the police commander for the match and representatives of other emergency services should be located in the control room to manage the response to incidents in the stadium and its environs.


The stadium’s closed-circuit television system should be used by the police commander for the match and the safety and security officer to monitor spectators, all the stadium's approaches and entrances, and all viewing areas within the stadium.


The system should be managed and controlled from the control room by the police commander for the match, the safety and security officer and their staff.


For category 2, 3 and 4 stadiums as defined in the 2018 UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations, copies of the following must be held in the stadium control room and must be available for inspection by UEFA:

  1. all emergency plans for dealing with a major incident at the stadium or in its vicinity;

  2. all contingency plans prepared by the safety and security officer in conjunction with the emergency services and other agencies to deal with incidents at the stadium that may be prejudicial to public safety and security or disrupt normal stadium operations. Such plans must detail the specific actions to be taken and the responsibilities of emergency and other services;

  3. the emergency stadium evacuation plan detailing the procedures for ensuring that in an emergency all at-risk spectators and participants can reach a place of safety or reasonable safety within the time specified by national legislation. If no such time is specified in national legislation, the maximum emergency evacuation time should vary between two and a half minutes and eight minutes, depending on the level of fire risk. While, in practice, spectators may evacuate onto the pitch in an emergency, this should not form part of the calculation of the emergency evacuation time;

  4. as part of the wider stadium contingency planning, the safety and security officer, in cooperation with stadium management and the national agency responsible for counter terrorism, should prepare a stadium counter terrorist plan which should be reviewed and tested through multi-agency exercises. The stadium counter terrorism plan should be compatible with existing emergency and contingency plans and evacuation arrangements.

In the case of category 1 stadiums, where there is no control room, the plans should be readily available at a pre-determined location within the stadium.