When it comes to floodlights for your football pitch, there are a number of requirements that need to be considered. These are dependent on the level of competition that will take place on the pitch and the related standards for lighting levels and lighting uniformity.

 

Football governing bodies at national and international level provide guidance on what your club needs to ensure its pitch lighting meets the necessary standards for safety and performance.

 

The FA (Football Association) sets out standards for clubs playing in FA competitions and the National League System and the SFA (Scottish Football Association) and FAW (Football Association of Wales) provide floodlighting regulations for the clubs under their authority. For clubs playing in the English Football League, Premier League, Scottish Premier League and Cymru Premier, standards are determined by UEFA as additional considerations for broadcasting need to be taken into account.

 

The following table provides details about the floodlighting requirements for football clubs set out by the governing bodies responsible for the game in the UK:

Governing Body

Category

Eave

Emin/Emax

UEFA

4

1400 lux

0.5

3

1200 lux

0.4

2

800 lux

0.4

1

Sufficient to allow host broadcaster to ensure adequate
broadcasting of match

 

The FA

Grade A (Step 1)

Conference

250 lux

0.25

Grade B (Step 2)

Conference N & S

180 lux

0.25

Grade C (Step 3)

120 lux / 180 lux*

0.25

Grade D (Step 4)

120 lux / 180 lux*

Grade E (Step 5-4)

120 lux / 180 lux*

0.25

Grade F (Step 5)

120 lux / 180 lux*

0.25

Grade G (Step 6)

120 lux / 180 lux*

0.25

SFA

Platinum

1200 lux

0.45

Gold

800 lux

0.4

Silver

500 lux

0.3

Bronze

300 lux

0.25

Entry

200 lux

0.25

FAW

Tier 1

500 lux

Tier 2

250 lux

Tier 3

250 lux

*120 lux refers to existing systems and any upgrades or new installations should achieve 180 lux

In addition to the standards set by the organisations which govern football, European standard BS EN 12193:2018 also presents recommendations and requirements for sports lighting. For football, it specifies floodlight values for three categories:

 

Standard

Category

Eave

BS EN 12193:2018

I

500 lux

II

200 lux

III

75 lux*

*Note: The FA recommend a minimum of 120 lux for football so clubs should aim to meet that minimum instead of the lower European standard.

What do these terms mean?

 

Lux – the measurement of light calculated as a unit of illuminance lumens per square metre so 1 lux = 1 lumen/m2

Eave – average horizontal illuminance

Emin/Emax – calculation of illuminance uniformity

 

As well as the information provided by the governing bodies, our team of lighting experts are available to answer any queries you may have about floodlights and to support you through the planning and design stages of your sports lighting project. If you would like to discuss the floodlight requirements for your football pitch with one of our experienced team members, please contact us.

 

To find out more about how floodlights can bring added benefits to a football club, click here to read a case study about the lights we installed at Lakenheath FC.

 

Useful Links

The FA Guide to Floodlighting

FAW Club Licensing Guidance

SFA Club Licensing Manual

UEFA Stadium Infrastructure Regulations

 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page has been collated from the sources provided above in Useful Links.

This information may be subject to change at any time by the governing bodies and standards agencies.

 

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