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A year in the life of the FSA

It’s been a busy 12 months for the football fans and the newly-created Football Supporters’ Association. Here we look back at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of 2019…

Memorabilia mission – let’s save our football “stuff”

Decades of treasured football memorabilia is in danger of being lost when collectors pass away, says Supporters’ Trust At Reading’s Roger Titford, and he thinks that legacy needs extra protection…

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If you’re reading this there’s a very good chance that you know about the Football Supporters’ Association’s campaigns which have brought about away price caps, new safe standing areas, secured 7,000 more FA Cup final tickets for fans, and supported trusts who wish to bring their club into fan ownership. These campaigns have helped hundreds of thousands of supporters.

Helping make non-league football accessible to all

We have teamed up with leading disability charity Level Playing Field (LPF) to help non-league clubs improve access and facilities for disabled fans. We’re delighted that the idea is being supported by both the National League, which has required all clubs to complete the disability access survey, and the Northern Premier League.

In trouble at the match over Christmas? Help is at hand

Christmas is a busy time for football fans with games coming thick and fast, and with those festivities often comes a lot of alcohol. The FSA’s Amanda Jacks (aka @FSA_Faircop) explains more…

Boro fans launch crowd funder

Forty-four Middlesbrough FC supporters unhappy with their treatment by Derbyshire Police are taking the force to court and have launched a crowdfunded campaign to support their case.

Save the date: FSA AGM 2020 

Next year’s Football Supporters’ Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday 18th July 2020.

Virgil Van Dijk named FSA Men’s Player of the Year

Liverpool centre-half Virgil Van Dijk has been crowned the Men’s Player of the Year at the 2019 FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware.

#ICYMI: Attention

Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Jamie Jones is the subject of this week’s #ICYMI. Stopping mid-match against West Brom to help himself to some refreshments, not realising a backpass was headed his way. Cost his team dear, it did.

Sunderland launch mental health hub

Sunderland AFC have become one of the first clubs in England and Wales to offer mental health support on matchdays, working with supporters to deliver the new service.

#ICYMI: Red-faced

This week’s #ICYMI comes from Hee-Chan Hwang who plays for a fizzy drinks manufacturer in Austria. Watch him do well to beat the offside trap and round the keeper, but spurn his chance. Luckily for Red Bull Salzburg, the Korean would later salvage a point.

Fans secure legal protections for Vale Park

Port Vale’s stadium has become the latest in a list of dozens of football grounds listed as an ‘asset of community value’ (ACV) after an application from FSA affiliates the Port Vale Supporters’ Club (PVSC). 

FSA statement on Amazon broadcasting

This week was the first time Premier League games were live-streamed by internet retailer Amazon, on their Amazon Prime video service. The next round of fixtures to be broadcast via Amazon will take place on Boxing Day. The FSA released this statement on the matter.

Fans welcome progress on standing at UEFA competitions

On 17th November, Germany played Belgium in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier. The game was hosted at the Schwarzwald-Stadion, home to Bundesliga side SC Freiburg.

Reading remain committed to “cost neutral” away ticket cap

Since 2016 Reading FC have backed Twenty’s Plenty by offering away fans visiting the Madejski Stadium £20 tickets – and are challenging other clubs to follow suit.

#ICYMI: Walking football

This week the Brazilian Copa Verde served up one of the most moronic pieces of football we’ve ever seen – Caíque Oliveira costing his Paysandu side the tie with a truly terrible penalty. What was he thinking? Awful.

Vote now in the FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware

As part of our partnership with BeGambleAware, safer gambling ambassador and former England goalkeeper David James has selected a shortlist of six of the best saves from the past 12 months for the Safe Hands Award.

What do the party manifestos mean for fans?

Football fans come from all corners of society, and people all have different political views, but we thought it would be helpful to showcase what the major political parties are saying in relation to football matters.

Progress in standing campaign as major parties back reform

In a first at a UK general election, all three of the main political parties have outlined support for standing at the match in their manifestos.

#ICYMI: Rotten

Brazil and Argentina were the latest FAs to take the Saudi money during this international break, playing a friendly in the authoritarian regime’s capital, Riyadh. An unremarkable game marked with this quite unremarkable penalty from Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus. Rotten all-round.

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