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LMA Conduct Review Of Technical Areas

Fri 11th May 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

A review of Technical Areas at football grounds will be presented to members of FIFA and UEFA.

The review was commissioned by the League Managers’ Association (LMA) in direct response to feedback from managers regarding the Technical Area. The LMA's members asked the association to produce a report identifying the inconsistencies in Technical Areas around the grounds, inconsistencies in the management of those areas and to put a series of recommendations to the game's stakeholders, the leagues and the clubs, for the improvement of the Technical Area and its management.

The review was undertaken in conjunction with the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research (LMCFR) and looked at Technical Areas at Premier League and Football League stadia with the overall aim of improving of the Technical Area and its management

Richard Bevan, chief executive of the LMA, commented: “The LMA initiated the study as it places great importance on technical issues within the game. The LMA will now present its findings to football’s governing bodies including FIFA and UEFA as an integral part of the LMA’s programme of support for professional referees and improving standards in the professional game in England and Wales.”

The review includes analyses of the rules and regulations as they relate to technical areas, the physical dimensions of technical areas at Premier League and Football League stadia, and Football Association disciplinary data. It also encompasses the views of managers from the Premier League and the Football Leagues, and the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).


“The LMA's members have a wealth of experience 'at the coal-face' of football and their input into the rules and regulations that govern the game is made purely for the benefit of continuing to make football an attractive sport to play, to watch and to work in,” added Bevan.

“On behalf of the LMA, I would to thank all those who have assisted in the preparation of this report, particularly Dr. Richard Elliott, Director of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research, all our members who participated in the data collection and to the representatives of The Football Association and the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, whose input was invaluable.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley


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