FOUR Premier League clubs have been given the green light for a ‘safe settlement’ try this season.
Chelsea, Spurs, Man City and Man United will be the top teams participating in the pilot in January.
The first game will be Chelsea v Liverpool on January 2.
The Cardiff Championship team has also received clearance.
Standing has been illegal in the upper divisions since the introduction of seated stadiums in 1994 following the deaths of 97 Liverpool supporters in the Hillsborough disaster.
If the try is successful, other clubs can apply for next season.
New Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries, a Liverpool fan raised near Anfield, had approved the move.
She said: “Football fans have long wanted the introduction of safety and I am delighted that we are fulfilling our manifest commitment by piloting its comeback.”
Spurs have incorporated security options into their new £ 1billion home and President Daniel Levy said: “The club have pressured the government to be safe in the stadiums and are delighted that this is now possible.
“It gives fans attending the game a choice – whether they are home or away – and the vast majority of our fans are in favor of this program.
“We are extremely proud of our ‘safe seating’ design, which provides both comfort and safety, whether standing or seated, while maintaining the same aesthetic as in all other areas of the stadium. “
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston added: “Now is the time to properly test safety in the Premier League and the EFL Championship before a decision on a widespread deployment.
“Safety is absolutely paramount and SGSA is working hand in hand with clubs on this.
“Fans deserve different options on how they can enjoy a live game and I will be watching the progress of these trials with interest.”