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Safe Standing to Debut in Premier League Stadiums in January

Liverpool could be amongst the clubs where standing will be allowed in certain sections as of January 1st.

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Following years of debate, safe standing is set to be given its debut in Premier League and Championship stadiums as of January 1st, 2022, with Anfield one of the stadiums that could be given permission to allow fans in certain sections to stand.

That follows from news today that the Sports Ground Safety Association had approved proposals to allow safe standing in stadiums with suitable rail seating installed, a move that the Football Supporters’ Association has long been campaigning for.

With expectations that safe standing would soon be coming to English football, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Wolves, and Liverpool all installed rail seating in the home and away supporters’ sections over the past year.

Those six clubs, having installed rail seating that allows fans in both supporters’ sections to sit in an assigned seat if necessary and prevents fans from one row from spilling into another, can now apply for a licence to allow fans in those sections to stand.

According to reports, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Wolves are all expected to apply for a safe standing permit in the coming days while Chelsea and Liverpool will consult with fan groups before potentially moving ahead.