Football policing

South Yorkshire Police has five football liaison officers who have built close links and an effective partnership with each of the county’s five football league clubs. Cooperation between police and football clubs is the most important factor in ensuring that football matches are safe events for all to enjoy and disorder is kept to a minimum.

As South Yorkshire has five football league clubs, this means that every weekend of the football calendar will see at least one of the five clubs playing at home – weather permitting!

Every football match is categorised based on the number of fans expected, history of the two sides and the potential risk posed by fans who may be intent on causing trouble. The vast majority of football matches require a police presence. South Yorkshire Police is responsible for policing outside the footprint of the county’s five football grounds while each club is responsible for security and fan safety within their own ground. Club’s often request additional police support within the ground and this is paid for by the club on a match-by-match basis.


Football banning orders

UK policing has led the way in dealing with football-related violence and disorder and the effectiveness of banning orders has drawn interest from police forces internationally as an effective method of reducing disorder at football matches

Football banning orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to football matches - both at home and abroad.

Of the millions of fans who annually attend football games, only a very small minority actually cause problems. But those that do are a threat to public safety and to our reputation overseas, so we are committed to stopping this behaviour.

How they work

Banning orders are issued by the courts following a conviction of a football-related offence, or after a complaint by the Crown Prosecution Service or a local police force. For an order to be issued, it must be proved that the accused person has caused or contributed to football-related violence or disorder and that an order will prevent them from misbehaving further.

Orders are not imposed on people solely on the basis of  minor convictions such as alcohol offences, or similar misdemeanours.

They can last between three and ten years and can be customised to address individual behaviour patterns. Breach of an order is a criminal offence and is punishable by a maximum sentence of six months in prison (however this is extremely rare).

Success rate

Banning orders are extremely successful. The vast majority of people who commit football disorder are genuine and passionate football supporters. The orders work because they stop fans from doing the thing they love most – attending a football match. By the time their order expires, their behaviour has usually transformed. In 92 per cent of cases, the person is felt by the police to no longer pose a risk.

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At South Yorkshire Police we believe communication with the fans is key to ensuring football matches are safe and enjoyable. Each of our football liaison officers, have their own Twitter account to keep the fans of the club they liaise with up-to-date. Take a look at the following to find out more:

Sheffield United – @SUFC_Police

Sheffield Wednesday – @SWFC_Police

Doncaster Rovers – @DRFC_Police

Barnsley FC – @BarnsleyFC_SYP

Rotherham United FC –  RUFC_Police