This will require all proposed sell-offs to be notified to the government, which will scrutinise the proposals. No sales will be allowed without the permission of the education secretary.
About 6,000 fields have been sold-off during the past 12 years leading to concerns that physical education and sporting standards are being hit.
The Central Council for Physical Recreation has welcomed the government's move. It has campaigned for years against the sale of playing fields and it still wants to see the government establish a nationwide register of all local authority playing field and recreation land.