The Premiership and Football League have set their own criteria for clubs to ensure that grounds fulfil a certain criteria such as minimum spectator capacities and pitch perimeter barriers.
For the Conference and below, these criteria are set by the FA who have worked in consultation with leagues in the National League System to produce a standardised National Ground Grading Document covering ground grading requirements as a club progresses at each 'step' of the National League System.
There are presently nine grades:
Please click on the link below to download the grade you require information on:
NATIONAL GROUND GRADING - CATEGORY A (Appropriate to NLS Step 1 - The Football Conference Premier Division)
NATIONAL GROUND GRADING - CATEGORY B (Appropriate to NLS Step 2 – Football Conference North and South)
NATIONAL GROUND GRADING - CATEGORY C (Appropriate to NLS Step 3)
NATIONAL GROUND GRADING - CATEGORY D (Appropriate to NLS Step 4)
NATIONAL GROUND GRADING - CATEGORY E* (Appropriate to clubs seeking promotion from Step 5 to Step 4)
NATIONAL GROUND GRADING - CATEGORY G (Appropriate to NLS Step 6)
* The Grade E criteria document has been suspended for one season owing to the NLS structure review and automatic promotion in the 2017-18 season. Clubs currently with an E Grade will still hold this grading.
Please note that ultimately a club is responsible for checking what they need to meet their grading as other factors can sometimes come into play.
For more information, please contact us on 01273 835 738 or fill out our contact form and we will be happy to provide you with the best solutions to meet your ground upgrade.