During what was one of the hottest weekends of the year football fans have once again had to voice complaints about their treatment – particularly around access to water and other heatwave essentials such as sun cream.
The FSA is recruiting a Premier League network manager to join our team, and are looking for an excellent communicator who is passionate about football and understands the importance of the supporters’ voice within the industry.
Watford’s Ismaila Sarr has given us an early contender for Goal of the Season with this class strike from his own half against the latest sufferers of Bruceball, West Bromwich Albion. Sarr would later miss a penalty in the same game, which could have given Watford all three points, as a reminder from the universe not to get too carried away.
The Fans for Diversity campaign, a partnership between the FSA and Kick It Out, continues to assist supporters around the country, and we spoke to campaign lead Anwar Uddin about recent work to promote diversity via three new events across the country…
This summer, FSA caseworker Amanda Jacks has been working with the Anfield Wrap team to produce an important audio documentary about the darker side of supporter culture, its human side, and how fans are drawn into it.
Day One of the EFL provided us with what could very well be the Miss of the Season. If anything tops Michael Obafemi’s effort for Swansea City come May next year it will have been a very entertaining season.
The Brian Lomax Cup and Supporters Direct Shield take place each pre-season, with the two trophies providing an opportunity to celebrate community ownership by bringing together supporter-owned clubs from different parts of the country to compete for some pre-season silverware.
Our friends in America are getting a chance to see the best European football has to offer thanks to the E̶u̶r̶o̶p̶e̶a̶n̶ ̶S̶u̶p̶e̶r̶ ̶L̶e̶a̶g̶u̶e̶ Soccer Champions Tour 2022. Highlights include Real’s Eduardo Camavinga attempting a Cruyff turn in his own box, gifting the ball to Barca’s Ansu Fati who drags his shot wide. Tickets start at $60.
It’s been a great Euros so far and, ahead of tonight’s England v Sweden clash at Bramall Lane, we catch up with a few of our Fans’ Embassy volunteers (below) to hear how it’s been in and around the stadiums on matchdays.
At the end of last season pitch incursions were all over our screens, occurring in the Premier League, EFL play-offs and in the National League. On a number of occasions we saw managers or players antagonised, or even assaulted, as in the awful case of Billy Sharp.
The FA, Premier League and EFL are together introducing new measures and stronger sanctions across the game to tackle the increased anti-social and criminal behaviours recently seen within football grounds and underline the importance of a safe matchday environment.
Spirit of Football’s unique football – handily called The Ball – has been following our Fans’ Embassy around this summer’s Euro 2022 tournament. So if you’re stopping by our Fans’ Embassy, sign the ball and support Spirit of Football’s work on gender equality and the climate crisis. Spirit of Football director Andrew Aris tells us more…