Recommendations for lighting of football fields (SvFF)

Recommendations for lighting of football pitches

This documentation for the lighting of football pitches has been drawn up for the Swedish Football Association and constitutes recommendations for the planning and design of lighting. The document has been prepared in collaboration with Bengt-Åke Magnusson, Extol Lighting AB.

About lighting levels

Illuminance is expressed in lux and has the designation E.
On a football pitch, illuminance is measured and calculated in two planes, horizontal and vertical, i.e. how much light you have on a horizontal and vertical surface respectively.

The illuminances indicated refer to operating values, i.e. the value should not be exceeded at any time. Due to the fact that the luminous flux of lamps decreases over time, as a function of the number of hours of operation, the number of ignitions and the deterioration of the luminaires, the client should ensure that the installation, when newly installed (new value), maintains a value that is 25% higher than the values indicated below.

Lighting recommendations

Broadcast football

Average horizontal illuminance, Ehmed, >200 lux.
Horizontal uniformity, Ehmin/Ehmax, >0.50.
Vertical mean illuminance, Evmed, >100 lux towards the long sides.
Vertical uniformity, Evmin/Evmed, >0,15.

Elite Football

Specific stadium requirements for Allsvenskan, OBOS Damallsvenskan, Superettan, Elitettan (women), (Ettan men) and futsal - see Rules and regulations