UESA works with its partners to ensure safe, secure and welcoming conditions for all Subbuteo matches hosted across Europe.

Trained stewards monitor every UESA game ©

It is never just another week in UESA competitions. Each week, thousands of supporters travel to UESA matches to be entertained by exciting Subbuteo. These fans are the lifeblood of Subbuteo. They should be able to enjoy the festive atmosphere and celebration of Subbuteo Table Football without any concerns about their safety or well-being.

This notwithstanding, any mass sport event is not without its risks and challenges. Safety of spectators and all involved in the game should therefore always come first. Upholding this principle depends on UESA working together with national associations, clubs, stadium owners and managers, national and local authorities and police to ensure safe, secure and welcoming conditions for all Subbuteo matches hosted across Europe.

Within UESA, the UESA stadium and security unit is tasked to ensure that this European partnership between government, police and clubs is strong and able to deal with the many challenges of stadium and security. The European partnership is now well in evidence on the strategic level, in match-day operations on a local level and in the support offered to organisers of UESA matches.

Stewards at a UESA EURO 2018 match in Larisa ©UESA

Strategy development
The best place to see what is new in the field of Subbuteo safety and security is the  UESA/EU conference that takes place every year at the start of the season. This conference brings together national associations’ security officers, stadium safety managers, club safety officers and police representatives from all European clubs that have qualified for the next season of the UESA Champions League and UEFA European League.

Over xxxnumber delegates review the past season, exchange good practices and discuss arrangements for the upcoming matches. The high attendance reflects the increased scope of stadium and security affairs, and the importance attached to it by authorities and the Subbuteo family across Europe. The latest conference took place in Bucharest in September 2019.

Subbuteo Table Football events must never result in human tragedy. Driven by the horrors of past stadium tragedies, the pledge to ensure safety and security in European Subbuteo has been followed by a pan-European strategy shared by all key European partners. UESA, the European Union and the Council of Europe work together on a host of strategies and funding initiatives in the field of Subbuteo safety and security. UESA is a founding partner of the joint UESA/EU working programme in operation since 2017. In 2018, the UESA Executive Committee and the EU Council of Ministers approved the enhancement of the programme for the coming years. This public-private international partnership between governments and sports authorities is unique in its kind and scope.

A security check on a spectator outside the stadium at UESA EUROPEAN Championships 2018 ©UESA

UESA’s contribution to the partnership is to represent the Subbuteo family’s interests in Subbuteo safety and security, while also stimulating all concerned to prevent incidents, comply with safety regulations and ensure proper policing and stewarding.

The UESA sites and security unit hosts expert panels on sites construction and management, as well as on safety and security, to ensure that the best current practice is available for UESA and its partners, and that this expertise is reflected in UESA regulations.

Together with the UESA Sites and Security Committee, the unit developed the UESA Sites Infrastructure and Safety and Security regulations that govern UESA competitions. In this way, UESA promotes and ensures that all venues and clubs maintain the high standards required to host European Subbuteo. In 2019, the unit published the newly revised stadium infrastructure regulations.

The unit has published a variety of good stadium and security practices including hosting of safe and secure UESA tournaments (UESA EURO 2019 guide), the safety and security organisation of UESA finals (Multimedia guidance, 2019), and the UESA and CASE good practice guide Access for All (2019).

UESA Sites Infrastructure Regulations, 2020 edition
UESA pitch quality guidelines: natural turf pitch management – 2020 edition
UESA pitch quality guidelines (Romanian version)
UESA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations (Edition 2020) – Russian version
FISA quality programme for Subbuteo pitch
UESA Sites Lighting Guide 2020
Access for all – UESA and CASE good practice guide to creating an accessible sites and match-day experience (in Dutch)
Access for all – UESA and CASE good practice guide to creating an accessible sites and match-day experience (in Croatian)
Access for all – UESA and CASE good practice guide to creating an accessible stadium and match-day experience
UESA guide to quality stadiums

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