Football Policing

The vast majority of football fans who use the railways do so without causing any problems. We target the small minority who exhibit anti social or criminal behaviour, so everyone can have a safe and pleasant journey.


While the number of football fans using the transport network to travel to matches is increasing, the number of serious football related incidents continues to fall.

Socially, there appears to be a perception that football-related antisocial behaviour is low-level, acceptable and should just be tolerated.

We believe it is not acceptable and should not be tolerated.

Click here to view our recent successes in bringing offenders to justice.

Planning is key

We adopt a proactive approach to football policing, with officers escorting trains before and after matches and patrolling stations where large numbers of fans are expected. At some stations, this can mean supporters from different, and even rival, teams using a station at the same time, potentially creating a flashpoint.

Our strong relationships with the Football Association, football clubs, and local police forces enable us to avoid some problems and respond quickly to defuse and stop others.

We want football fans to travel in safety alongside other passengers, and we have a range of measures in place to make sure this happens. Our officers are in constant contact with each other, monitoring the behaviour of fans and the routes they are taking, so we are prepared for every eventuality. We minimise disruption to the wider network by advising rail operators and football clubs to provide special train services to accommodate large numbers of fans. As alcohol is often a catalyst for the trouble, it is restricted on some train services.

Football policing

Contact Us

To report a crime or incident, call

0800 40 50 40

or text 61016

In an emergency call 999