Major Event Security Design, Planning and Evaluations

The threats to the safety and security of sport are global, complex and challenging. Issues such as venue security, crowd management, counter terrorism and cyberattacks confront major event organisers on a daily basis. Recent catastrophes and elevated terrorist activity serve as constant reminders that sporting events are vulnerable to threats and disasters that can result in significant damage to property, personal injury, loss of life and reputation.

ICSS ENTERPRISE specialises in offering a range of solutions in the area of sport security operations, including:

  1. Overarching Strategic Advice
  2. Threat and Risk Assessments
  3. Venue Security Master Planning
  4. Venue Security Design
  5. Major Sporting Event Safety and Security Operational Planning
  6. Specialist Training and Education
  7. Technical Manuals and Resources

Case Studies

FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation

ICSS ENTERPRISE’s expertise in conducting security assessments and its independence is well regarded. For those reasons, in 2015 the ICSS was selected to join FIFA and the AFC in assessing the safety and security of potential international football matches in Erbil, Iraq.

Similarly the AFC engaged ICSS ENTERPRISE to assess the safety and security risk assessment for playing international football matches in Saudi Arabia and Iran between the two nations and their clubs.

Securing the Italian Super Cup Final

The 2014 Supercoppa Italiana (Italian Super Cup) was the 27th final to be contested and took place on the 22nd December 2014 at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar. The match was contested by 2013/14 Serie A champions, Juventus, and Napoli, winners of the 2013/14 Coppa Italia.

The ICSS assisted the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SCDL) and the Security Committee (SC) which represents all Government Safety and Security entities, to provide optimal safety and security operations for the match and as such were fully integrated into the safety and security operational planning process from the start, in an advisory capacity.

The scope of work focussed on the benefits of thorough safety and security planning and an assessment of actual safety and security operations during the live event. The planning aspects covered included:

  • Stakeholder consultations to verify/confirm roles and responsibilities.
  • Guidance, templates and techniques used in major sport event safety and security planning.
  • Operational preparedness in the form of table top exercises.
  • Basic debriefing

For planning purposes, the SCDL, SC and ICSS, constituted membership of the Event Safety and Security Committee (ESSC) to ensure the integration of all planning aspects.

In the early stages of the operational planning the ICSS developed the following documents:

  • Event Safety and Security operations action plan;
  • Pre-event Safety and Security planning organisational structure.
  • A post event assessment of the live operation covered all security perimeters around and inside the stadium as well as the Venue Operations Centre (VOC).