Premier League prepares to welcome fans back to grounds

9 Aug 2021
Return of fans

Matchday protocols created to keep supporters safe at Premier League matches this season

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The Premier League and its clubs are looking forward to having full stadiums again and it is vital that everyone works together to make matchdays safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The safety of everyone involved must remain our priority. This means that while Premier League grounds will be full, the experience will be a little different to pre-pandemic matchdays.

Put simply, we do not want anyone to catch COVID-19 at a Premier League ground, or for our matches to contribute to the spread of the virus.

Return of fans

The Premier League has created matchday protocols in order to help keep everybody safe.

This includes working towards COVID-19 status certification should it become mandatory and requiring fans to comply with a Code of Conduct that will encourage good health behaviours in grounds.

See: Clubs' Codes of Conducts for fans

Proof of COVID-19 status

Fans should not attend Premier League matches if there is any risk they can pass on COVID-19.

From the start of the 2021/22 season, match-going fans should be prepared to show they have been fully vaccinated or have received a negative lateral flow test in the previous 48 hours.

Fans will be able to do this by obtaining their National Health Service COVID pass through the NHS app or website link.

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Supporters should consult their club’s website for information regarding junior fans attending matches.

Lateral flow tests are available free from local NHS providers and some pharmacies. They can also be ordered online here.

Your matchday routine is going to be a bit different to normal and the Premier League is working with clubs to introduce COVID-19 status checks in a staged way so there is the least disruption and maximum safety possible.

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This will involve training for stewards and clear guidance for fans before, during and after matches.

Initially, in the first few matchdays of the season, supporters can expect the introduction of random spot-checks for ticket holders at some grounds as we establish the required processes so clubs and fans are prepared for all match attenders to have their COVID-19 status checked upon arrival, should it become mandatory.

The Premier League and its clubs will continue to follow the latest Government guidance regarding all COVID-19 safety protocols.

Supporter Code of Conduct

Ticket-holders must comply with the Supporter Code of Conduct to help keep their fellow fans safe.

By taking steps including wearing masks in indoor areas, avoiding close contact with people you don’t know and following one-way signage around stadiums every fan can help those around them feel safe while supporting their team.

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Working Together

Even though the United Kingdom is reopening, the Government has made it clear that this pandemic is still far from over.

It is possible the safety measures for matches could be subject to change at short notice. Fans should continue to follow the latest public health guidance and guidance from their club.

However, even in these uncertain times we are optimistic that by continuing to work together with fans, supporter groups, football stakeholders, national Government and local authorities, everyone can enjoy full and vibrant stadiums while staying safe from COVID-19.

The Premier League will continue consulting with all key stakeholders, including the Football Supporters’ Association, and will be running a series of fan-engagement campaigns to help all ticket-holders ensure they are match-ready.

For the latest information, fans should visit or their club website or social media channels.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and assistance.

See: Return of fans: Frequently asked questions

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