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FSA launches new Women’s Game Strategy

We are at a pivotal point in the women’s game, and the launch of the FSA’s Women’s Game Strategy aims to cement supporters at the heart of the positive changes that are happening throughout women’s football.

FA Cup final 2024 – pub split information

Saturday’s FA Cup final (25th May, 3pm KO) sees current holders Manchester City take on Manchester United, as their derby relocates to Wembley for the weekend, in a repeat of last year’s final.

#ICYMI: The Unexpected Guest

A new animal has been added to the list of unexpected visitors to the football field, joining the Venky’s protest chicken and the Anfield cat of recent years. This week’s MLS game between Philadelphia Union and NYCFC was interrupted in the 20th minute by the appearance of a raccoon, who gave stewards the time-honoured run-around for a few minutes before eventually being captured. Cyril Sneer was unavailable for comment.

Wolves trigger Premier League VAR vote

Wolverhampton Wanderers will trigger a vote on VAR at next month’s Premier League Annual General Meeting. The club are calling for VAR to be removed entirely in time for the start of the 2024/25 season. 

Swindon Town fans call for change

Swindon Town supporters are calling for significant change at the club following one of their worst seasons on record.

Football Governance Bill must “strengthen fan voice” MPs hear

The Football Governance Bill was back in Parliament today and MPs heard how supporter engagement must be strengthened to include critical matchday issues.

#ICYMI: Invincibles

Bayer Leverkusen’s remarkable season – which has already included an unbeaten run to their first Bundlesliga title and German Cup final – shows no sign of letting up. This week, thanks in part to this unfortunate own goal from Roma’s Gianluca Mancini, they booked their place in the Europa League final – setting a new outright European record for the longest-ever unbeaten run which now stands at an incredible 49 games in all competitions.

FSA Annual Conference 2024: Wembley venue confirmed

The FSA is delighted to announce that our 2024 Annual General Meeting will take place at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday 20th July (registration opens 10am for 10.30am KO and we hope to finish by 6pm).

Structured dialogue: supporters meet with National League

Supporter representatives from the FSA’s National Game Network met with the general manager of the National League a month ago to discuss a range of issues affecting clubs in Steps 1 and 2 of the non-league game.

#ICYMI: Slipping away

Another crap penalty for you this week, this time courtesy of SC Freiburg’s Roland Sallai, following a torturously long VAR review (sound familiar?). Sallai’s slip and shank proved extremely costly in the end, as Wolfsburg went on to snatch a late winner in the 90th minute.

WSL away ticketing: Everton-Arsenal case shows work to be done

As the Women’s Super League (WSL) season comes to a close fans are excited – with Chelsea and Manchester City chasing the title with two games to go – but Arsenal’s trip to Everton this past Sunday once again highlighted problems with away ticketing policies in the division.

FSA National Council call for FA Cup replays to be reinstated

The FSA’s National Council – our council of elected fan representatives from all levels of the game – have called on the FA to reinstate FA Cup replays following an emergency meeting last week.

A matchday out with Bangla Bantams

Fans for Diversity is a joint campaign between the Football Supporters’ Association and Kick It Out, which aims to ensure all supporters can feel welcome and safe at the match. On Saturday campaign manager Hannah Kumari visited Bradford City, taking in the match and a visit to BEAP Community Centre, alongside FSA associate members Bangla Bantams.

#ICYMI: Watch how Aynsley does it

Blackburn Rovers have been dragged right into the Championship relegation battle as the season reaches its climax after losing to fellow relegation rivals Sheff Wed at home. Any chance of Rovers taking something from the game was snuffed out by keeper Aynsley Pears’ dreadful intervention in the second half. We have no idea who he’s trying to blame for this.

Football Governance Bill progresses to committee stage

Last month the Government announced it would launch legislation to introduce an Independent Football Regulator – and that legislation continued its progress through Parliament with its second reading today.

FSA view on FA Cup replays? Keep them!

The FA’s decision to scrap FA Cup replays in all rounds of the competition has been met with what can only be described as anger by many EFL and non-league clubs, football figures and supporters at all levels of the game. 

Forest fans latest hit with season ticket price rises

This week Nottingham Forest became the latest Premier League club to announce significant price rises for the 2024-25 season.

#ICYMI: The very worst

This is it. This is the worst penalty that’s ever been taken in the history of association football. We’ve seen some shockers over the years but this one is the very worst. So congratulations to Osasuna’s Ante Budimir on this amazing feat. Well worth the five minute-plus wait it took VAR and the ref to sort out.

FSA statement: Changes to the FA Cup

Today the FA announced substantial changes to the FA Cup including the end of replays from the first round proper – a more detailed breakdown of the changes are on the FA website here. Below is a statement from the FSA in response to the news.

“For the Love of the Game”: Fans have key role in hate crime fight

The ‘For the Love of the Game’ event was held in the National Football Museum last month to present the findings of a series of workshops on hate crime in football with fans in Liverpool, Glasgow, Leeds and Berlin.

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