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Exeter City repay loan to fans that saved club

Exeter City, the fan-owned club who were saved by their supporters when the club was in crisis in 2003, have repaid the long-term interest free loan provided by the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust (ECST).

Fan reps meet EFL executives – January 2021

Fan representatives from the EFL’s three divisions met online with the competition’s senior officials towards the end of January to discuss ongoing issues across the leagues.

Further clarity on the outcome of the non-league season

Clubs at Steps 3 to 6 of non-league have received some clarity on their future, following the FA’s decision to curtail the 2020-21 season with immediate effect, but uncertainty remains at National League North and South level, where a group of clubs have launched a legal challenge to the league’s decision to declare the season null and void.

#ICYMI: Hop, skip, jump

If you thought terrible penalty run-ups had peaked in the mid-2010s, you’d be wrong. This week Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini thought he’d stutter and skip his way towards his penalty kick against Braga. Obviously he missed – and deservedly so we reckon. Shocking stuff.

“A constant conversation” – officials meet fans to talk about VAR’s impact

Leading officials from the Premier League’s refereeing body have told supporters that they will continue to represent their views in discussions with FIFA on the use of VAR technology in the game.

‘Ours’: Film highlights strengths of fan-ownership

A new documentary film highlighting the strengths of fan-ownership will be premiered on BT Sport next week.

Fans set to return to games in May

Yesterday the Government announced that fans will be allowed to return to grounds in May, albeit with reduced capacities.

#ICYMI: Frogged

La Liga table-toppers Atletico Madrid couldn’t overcome little old Levante on Wednesday, the Frogs manfully holding Simeone’s lot to a 1-1 draw. The outcome would have been very different, however, if Atletico forward Angel Correa hadn’t missed this absolute sitter. Shocking stuff.

Grants promise from National League to clubs ‘unfortunate’ says Sports Minister

In a letter to the FSA, Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston has confirmed that ‘at no stage’ did the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) offer ongoing to support to the National League only in the form of grants. 

Fans for Diversity: Work breaking down barriers goes on

The Fans for Diversity campaign has been working with supporters throughout lockdown to break down barriers to football and tackle discrimination – here we talk to campaign lead Anwar Uddin (Aldershot Town assistant manager in his spare time) about the work that’s been going on.

#ICYMI: Choreos

Despite all the evidence that overly-elaborate set pieces are in fact a massive waste of time, Karlsruher SC still thought they’d give it a shot in Bundlesliga 2 this week – coming up with this naff corner kick routine that ultimately led to… nothing?

Vote now: FSA Awards shortlists announced

We are pleased to announce the shortlists for the FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware, with voting open now.

#TerraceTalk: fan-led campaign mental health campaign launched

Following on from months of work with fan reps across the EFL, the FSA is pleased to launch #TerraceTalk – a supporter-led mental health initiative.

What next for non-league?

Uncertainty remains over the future of the 2020-21 season at non-league level, as clubs have been responding to consultations via the FA and the National League.

Advice for community-owned clubs: latest update

Over the last 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been producing and updating guidance for community-owned clubs as new government schemes for coping with the shutdown and its associated effects were announced.

Quick guide: Online meetings and standing orders

The trials of running online meetings and officers overstepping their authority were laid bare when the chaotic Handforth Parish Council meeting went viral at the weekend. Here the FSA’s training and governance manager Nicola Cave offers advice, and online resources, to supporter groups on hosting online meetings and standing orders…

#ICYMI: Bog on the Dim

If you’re looking for sophisticated comedy, #ICYMI is not the place for you. This week is all slapstick and pratfalls, courtesy of Alanyaspor v Sivasspor which was rightfully abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. How they got the OK to kick-off is beyond us.

FSA Board election update

At the FSA’s National Council meeting on Monday 1st February, an election was held among the National Council membership for the four vacant positions on the FSA Board. The following candidates stood for election:

Football Supporters Europe & SD Europe: January round-up

The FSA works with two organisations, Football Supporters (FSE) and SD Europe, to represent and promote the interests of football supporters at European level. To keep FSA members up to date on that work, we’ve rounded up some highlights below from our friends at FSE and SD Europe…

FSA Cymru meet with Welsh football authorities

At the end of January, supporter representatives from FSA Cymru met with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and senior figures from the Welsh police to discuss issues impacting Wales fans.

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