The Championship Play-off final gives Aston Villa supporters the chance to pack Wembley stadium with as many Villa flags as possible, so please find below all the info you’ll need to know regarding Wembley’s regulations on flags.
Hopefully, this final will be less stage-managed than the FA Cup final of 2015 with its dancing ribbon-waving subbuteo players, giant picture of Kieran Richardson and Tom Cleverley and cheesy plastic flags. You may recall MOMS attempt of bringing a bit of unique supporter culture to proceedings was bizarrely and frustratingly banned
The FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool was a more organic fan-led build-up and much more preferable. Hopefully, the feel of Saturday’s final will be similiar to that, as will hopefully the result.
Supporters may bring a flag/banner into the ground WITHOUT permission from Wembley Stadium if:
- The flag/banner is smaller than 250cm in size at the widest or longest point.
- It does not have an attached flag pole
- In the case of an attached flag pole, it is made from wood and plastic only and is no longer than 1 metre in length and 1cm in diameter.
- There is no advertising or commercial message on the flag
- It does not contain any abusive or defamatory message
Please note that flag poles made of metal are not permitted inside the stadium, no matter what size or length the flag / pole is.
If a supporter arrives at Wembley Stadium and their flag/banner does not come under the above points, and they have not gained permission from Wembley Stadium, the flag may be confiscated at the turnstiles and refused entry.
Oversize Flag Permission
Supporters will NEED permission from Wembley Stadium if any of the following applies:
- Flag/banner is larger than 250cm in size at the widest or longest point
- The supporter wishes to have a static flag/banner connected to seating (this is not possible for sold out games – and the game is sold out)
Upon seeking permission, you must supply the following:
- Submit an official request via help.wembleystadium.com/support/home
- A photo showing the whole of the flag
- A photo showing any flag pole connected
- The actual size of the flag
- A valid, in date fire certificate, in English with the appropriate stamps of authority (this is preferable but not mandatory)
PLEASE NOTE – THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS OF OVERSIZED FLAGS IS MIDDAY THURSDAY 24TH MAY; ANY APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DECLINED.
If you arrive at Wembley Stadium and your flag differs in any way from the photographed or described flag, your flag may be confiscated at the turnstiles and refused entry into the Stadium.
Wembley Stadium reserves the right to remove any flags if they are deemed to be causing an issue during the match.
Essential pre-Wembley listening, they’ll be another show before the game too: