Project Stadia

Creating a centre of excellence in security for major international events.

Major international sporting events such as the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup tournaments present many policing and security challenges for the host countries.

As well as taking place in large, complex and dispersed locations, major sporting events can attract a range of criminal activities from disorder and violence to cyberattacks and even terrorism.

Host countries and event owners are faced with the challenge of providing a smooth-running and successful event while keeping event participants and spectators safe and secure.

Road to 2022 and beyond

The aim of Project Stadia is to create a Centre of Excellence to help our member countries in planning and executing policing and security preparations for hosting major international events.

Established by INTERPOL in 2012 and funded by Qatar, Stadia was launched as a 10-year project to contribute to policing and security arrangements for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar.

With continued support from Qatar, the project has been extended for a further two years. This will build a lasting legacy of learning, and will support future host countries across the world in securing major international events.

With our global network of experts, INTERPOL is ideally placed to serve as a centralized hub for research, design, planning, coordination and training to help meet this challenge, within a structure that assures high standards and quality.

By bringing together good practices, successes and lessons learnt from member countries that have successfully hosted major international events, Project Stadia can help future hosts strengthen their own preparations with the latest knowledge and expertise.