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Premier League and FA Cup set June return dates

Premier League clubs have agreed a provisional restart date for the 2019-20 season and the FA have also announced that the FA Cup will be returning at the end of June.

#ICYMI: Heid

Some behind-closed-doors disappointment from Bundesliga 2 this week courtesy of Heidenheim’s Robert Leipertz. Having won a soft-looking penalty, Leipertz meekly passes it wide. Naff all round.

Former-FA bosses back football finance plans

Football figures and politicians have come out in support of proposals to “save professional football as we know it” by Damian Collins MP, former chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

WSL fans have their say on season resumption plans

Fans of five leading WSL sides have given their thoughts on the COVID-19 shutdown and their chances of returning to stadiums once the disruption caused by the pandemic has eased, and voiding the season has not proved a popular option. 

#ICYMI: Missing

The Bundesliga returned last weekend, the first of the big European leagues to resume after lockdown, and the behind-closed-doors restrictions made for some eerie watching – demonstrated by Martin Hinteregger’s sensational goal-line clearance for Frankfurt against Mönchengladbach. The roar following his heroics glaringly absent.

Damian Collins MP: “Weeks to save professional football as we know it”

The Government needs to take urgent action to “save professional football as we know it”, says Damian Collins MP, the influential former chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

“A way forward for football” – Damian Collins MP

This morning Damian Collins MP and Sunderland co-owner Charlie Methven published their recommendations for radical changes to the way football is governed if it is to survive and be sustainable in the long-term after its return from the COVID-19 pandemic. Below Damian talks us through his ideas…

Community-owned clubs directory launched

Promotion of community-ownership is embedded within the FSA’s Mission Statement and something that we hold very dear, so we’re pleased to launch our updated Community Owned Clubs directory.

The Great Save’s memorabilia mission

Football’s suspension might have left a gaping hole in many of our lives, but it has given many of us the time to take a step back and look at the game in a different way.

#ICYMI: Zidane

On this day, 18 years ago Zinedine Zidane scored one of the best goals you’re ever likely to see in a Champions League final – a sensational volley against Bayern Leverkusen that secured Real Madrid’s ninth European Cup. You’ve seen it before but why not watch it again. Well worth it.

What can we do for you?

It has been a strange couple of months without football, but while you might think that without football matches things had been quiet for us here at the FSA, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We’ve continued to provide our services and advice to fans, groups and clubs in a whole range of different ways. 

Pitch prep fund available for non-league and community clubs

Just under £10m worth of grants have been made available by the football authorities to help small non-league and community clubs get their pitches ready for football’s return.

National Football Museum launches “Game of Our Lives” fan memory bank

The National Football Museum has launched a nationwide search to unearth the best football stories and memories from fans throughout the country.

#ICYMI: Origi

Last week we featured Lionel Messi’s 600th goal for Barca scored in the first leg of last year’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. So we thought it only fair to include Divock Origi’s winner in the return leg at Anfield this week. Some quick thinking, and complacent defending, combined to create a memorable moment.

Fans for Diversity FIFA 20 tournament a big hit

While the coronavirus lockdown has stopped professional sport in its tracks, football has joined the likes of F1 and cycling in using e-sports to fill the void. 

Football’s lawmakers consider changes to help with football’s return

Lots has been written in recent weeks on how society, and by extension football, will be different once the UK exits its lockdown. With a growing acceptance that the end of the 2019/20 season, if it happens, will take place behind closed doors, there’s another potential change to the game that might’ve gone under the radar that we’ll have to get used to.

#ICYMI: Messi’s 600th

On this day 12 months ago, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi scored his 600th goal for the club during the semi-final against Liverpool in the Champions League. An amazing goal to mark an incredible achievement. Can’t remember what happened in the return leg, mind.

Manchester United given green light for 1,500 rail seats

Manchester United have been given the go-ahead by their local authority to install rail seats at Old Trafford.

Resources for young supporters – Part II

We all have a multitude of new challenges to deal with as the COVID-19 pandemic changes our world – one area requiring particular attention for millions of families is how to provide children with creative activities to fill the days, as many are now faced with the new reality of home schooling.  With ‘schoolsR

Obituary: Liz Hindley

The FSA are saddened to learn of the passing of Liz Hindley from cancer, aged 63, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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