Attending the World Cup matches? Get to know which objects are not allowed in stadiums

12/06/2014 - 01:15
Pay close attention to the rules about objects banned from entering stadiums, such as umbrellas, liquids and homemade snacks. Booklet prepared by FIFA also brings safety advice and explains each section of the tickets

Fans who will attend the World Cup matches need to pay close attention to the restrictions established by FIFA in the Code of Conduct regarding items prohibited from entering World Cup matches.

Bulky items (for example backpacks or sports bags) cannot be larger than 25 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm (height, width, depth, 25 cm = 9.84 inches) because objects above those dimensions would not fit underneath the stadium seats. In addition, fireworks, umbrellas, helmets, musical instruments, large flags and homemade meals and liquids (alcoholic or otherwise) are also prohibited. Cameras are allowed, as long as they are for private use only.

The FIFA document also warns that smoking is forbidden in all sectors of the arenas and highlights important safety and common-sense precautions (such as not obstructing stairs and emergency exits or attempting to enter the stadium without a valid ticket). About the tickets, the Code explains the meaning of each numbered item in the printout, including the entrance area number and the numbers for gate, row and seat.

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Check out the list of items forbidden from entering stadiums

Unless otherwise authorised by the FIFA World Cup Authorities in writing, Stadium Visitors and Accredited Persons are not permitted to bring into, possess, hold or use in, the Stadium the following Prohibited Items:

- Weapons of any kind or any objects which enable the practice of violence;
- Anything that could be used as a weapon or to cut, thrust or stab, or as a projectile, in particular long umbrellas or parasols and other similar implements;
- bottles, cups (except for plastic cups), jugs, cans or any other form of closed containers of any kind that may be thrown and cause injury as well as other objects made from glass or any other fragile, non-shatterproof or especially tough material or Tetrapak packaging, or hard cooler boxes;
- fireworks, flares, smoke powder, smoke canisters, smoke bombs or other pyrotechnics or devices which produce similar effects;
- liquids of any kind (including beverages whether alcoholic or not), except if acquired inside the Stadia, contained in plastic cups, and in accordance with the security proceedings applicable to the Events;
- food of any kind, except if acquired inside the Stadia or special food for diabetics narcotics or stimulants;
- materials related to offensive, racist, xenophobic cause, charity or ideological concern, including but not limited to banners, flags, signs, symbols and leaflets, objects or clothing, which could impair the enjoyment of the Event by other spectators, detract from the sporting focus of the Event or which stimulate any form of discrimination;
- flagpoles or banner poles of any kind. Only flexible plastic poles and so-called double-poles that do not exceed 1 metre in length and 1 cm in diameter and which are not made of inflammable material are permitted;
- banners or flags larger than 2m x 1m50. Smaller flags and banners are permitted provided that they are made from material which is deemed “of low flammability” and complies with national regulations and standards are not otherwise prohibited under this Stadium Code of Conduct;
- any sort of animals, except for guide dogs;
- any promotional or commercial materials, including but not limited to banners, flags, signs, symbols and leaflets, or any kind of promotional or commercial objects, material and clothing; inflated balls, bowls and bullets regardless of the size;
- gas spray cans, corrosive, flammable substances, dyes or receptacles containing substances which are harmful to health or are highly flammable. Standard pocket cigarette lighters are permitted;
- unwieldy objects such as ladders, stools, (folding) chairs, boxes, paperboard containers, large bags, rucksacks, suitcases and sports bags. “Unwieldy” is given to mean all objects which are larger than 25cmx25cmx25cm and which cannot be stowed under the seat in the Stadium;
- large quantities of paper and/or rolls of paper;
- mechanically-operated instruments which produce an excessive volume of noise such as megaphones, hooters or gas-powered horns;
- any musical instruments regardless of the size, including vuvuzelas;
- devices that produce laser beams, laser pointers or similar devices;
- large quantities of powder, flour and similar substances;
- cameras (except for private use and then only with one set of replacement or rechargeable batteries), any form of video cameras or other sound or video recording equipment;
- personal computers or other devices (including, for example, laptops and tablet PC’s) used for the purposes of transmitting or disseminating sound, pictures, descriptions or results of the events via the internet or other forms of media;
- other objects which could compromise public safety and/or harm the reputation of the Event


- Obtain the physical tickets before the tournament starts
- Arrive well before match time (at least an hour);
- Produce the ticket whenever requested by stadium staff;
- Cooperate with stadium staff in the body check areas;
- Sit exactly in the seat whose number is indicated on the ticket

What not to do

- Trying to enter the stadium without a valid ticket
- Blocking or obstructing any walkway, entrance or emergency exit
- Entering restricted areas
- Behaving aggressively towards other fans or stadium staff
- Bringing your baby or child without a ticket

Understand your ticket

- Your ticket has several pieces of information printed on it, including match number, participating teams, date, start time, stadium, buyer's name and document number, ticket category, price, sector and seat number.

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