The following is a list of association football stadiums. They are ordered by their seating capacity, that is the maximum number of spectators that the stadium can accommodate in seated areas. All stadiums that are the home of a club or national team with a capacity of 40,000 or more are included. That is the minimum capacity required for a stadium to host FIFA World Cup finals matches.

In April 2014 Phase 1 construction began on the South Stand, which is being extended with the addition of a third tier of seats. Phase 2 construction to provide additional pitchside seating rows also began later that summer. Scheduled completion of these two phases in the summer of 2015 will expand the total capacity of CoMS to just over 55,000. A third expansion phase, adding a matching third tier to the North Stand, is scheduled to commence some time after the first two phases complete in the summer of 2015. Completion of this third expansion phase will bring the stadium’s total capacity to in excess of 61,000.


On 15 October 2012, Fenway Sports Group announced their preference to redevelop Anfield as opposed to move to a new stadium. Although a number of media outlets have speculated on a 60,000 capacity, according to managing director Ian Ayre the specific cost, capacity plans and timetable for completion have yet to be confirmed[131][132] and significant obstacles to redevelopment remain, such as the requirement to purchase houses surrounding the ground from their current owners.[133][134] In addition, Liverpool City Council have announced plans for a regeneration of the Anfield area having secured a £25 million grant in conjunction with a housing association; it is unclear if this work is dependent on the stadium plans. On 23 April 2014 the club announced proposals for the redevelopment of the Main Stand which could add an additional 8,500 seats taking the Main Stand capacity to nearly 21,000 and the overall Anfield capacity to around 54,000

Football refers to a number of sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football is understood to refer to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears: association football (also known as soccer) in the United Kingdom and most of the non-English speaking world; gridiron football (specifically American football or Canadian football) in the United States and Canada; Australian rules football or rugby league in different areas of Australia; Gaelic football in Ireland; and rugby football (specifically rugby union) in New Zealand.[1][2] These different variations of football are known as football codes.


Various forms of football can be identified in history, often as popular peasant games. Contemporary codes of football can be traced back to the codification of these games at English public schools in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.[3][4] The influence and power of the British Empire allowed these rules of football to spread to areas of British influence outside of the directly controlled Empire,[5] though by the end of the nineteenth century, distinct regional codes were already developing: Gaelic Football, for example, deliberately incorporated the rules of local traditional football games in order to maintain their heritage.[6] In 1888, The Football League was founded in England, becoming the first of many professional football competitions. During the twentieth century, several of the various kinds of football grew to become among the most popular team sports in the world.

The various codes of football share certain common elements. Players in American football, Canadian football, rugby union and rugby league take-up positions in a limited area of the field at the start of the game.[8] They tend to use throwing and running as the main ways of moving the ball, and only kick on certain limited occasions. Body tackling is a major skill, and games typically involve short passages of play of 5–90 seconds.[8] Association football, Australian rules football and Gaelic football tend to use kicking to move the ball around the pitch, with handling more limited. Body tackles are less central to the game, and players are freer to move around the field (offside laws are typically less strict).