STAND UP! UEFA announce trial for return of one of football's best traditions
The governing body of European football announced the measure this week and it could be expanded in coming seasons
The old tradition jumping and cheering on your team on your feet is on it's way back. Earlier this month we talked about how safe standing was being introduced to the Premier League, after successful trials the previous season. Now, the measure could go Europe-wide as UEFA is set to make trials of their own.
In a statement released today, the Governing body of European football announced that safe-standing areas will be trialled this season at European club matches, which marks another step towards a renaissance of fan culture and traditions in elite European football.
"UEFA has announced today the launch of a programme to observe the use of standing facilities for general admission spectators attending matches of clubs participating in its men's club competitions during the upcoming 2022-23 season", read the announcement published by the international body.
"While UEFA regulations only permit seated places to be used for its competitions, except for those competitions where Category 1 stadiums may be used, an increasing trend towards the use of standing facilities in some domestic competitions has been observed in recent years", they continued.
Of course, the most famous use of safe standing in Europe is done in Germany, where clubs like Borussia Dortmund are famous world-wide for the tifos and fan art they display during the matches, and the fervent support of the Yellow Wall. This means that while 65,829 fans can take their place at the Westfalenstadion for Champions League or Europa League matches, more than 81,000 do so for Bundesliga matches.
For now, this year's trial is only open to teams from the top five UEFA countries, like Germany, France, and England, where safe standing has already been established at the highest level. UEFA will monitor the use of these facilities during domestic and international club competition games and then decide whether to widen it's approach to other federations.
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