Fifa’s strict rules for spectators

2010-06-10 00:00

NO flag poles, no smoking and no branded vuvuzelas. These are some of the rules that those attending 2010 soccer matches need to take note of.

Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) will be expecting those visiting stadiums for World Cup matches in June and July to adhere to the rules outlined in the “Stadium Code of Conduct”.

The most up to date version of the code of conduct can be found online at

The Witness worked through Fifa’s set of stadium rules so that those attending matches will be aware of the dos and don’ts when visiting venues.

The code states that those attending games should be prepared to undergo a full body inspection to ensure that any prohibited items are removed before entry into the stadium is granted.

Prohibited items include:

• Weapons or anything that is deemed to be as usable as a weapon.

• Bottles, cups, jugs or cans of any kind.

• Fireworks and flares.

• Alcoholic beverages or narcotics of any kind.

• Banners and signs depicting racist or xenophobic messages.

• Flag poles or banner poles.

• Banners or flags larger than 2 m x 1,5 m.

• Any sorts of animals.

• Any promotional or commercial materials.

• Gas spray cans and flammable substances.

• Chairs of any kind.

• Large quantities of paper and/or rolls of paper.

• Mechanically operated instruments that produce an excessive volume of noise such as megaphones, hooters or gas-powered horns. Unbranded vuvuzelas are not considered prohibited items.

• Laser pointers.

• Cameras (except for private use and then only with one set of replacement or rechargeable batteries), video cameras or other sound or video recording equipment.

• Computers.

The code also urges fans to exercise common sense once inside the stadium. This can be done by fans only sitting in the seats to which their tickets have assigned them. A “no littering” policy also encourages fans to exercise common sense and everyone is encouraged to treat others with respect at all times.

Smoking will only be permitted in certain designated areas and will not be allowed at any of the seats or grand stands.

In addition, those at the matches will not be allowed to enter the playing surface at any time or sell match tickets and official merchandise at any time.

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