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Coventry’s liquidation shows need for Fan-led Review of women’s game

Coventry United of the Women’s Championship have announce that they are going into voluntary liquidation, halfway through their first season as a fully professional club. 

#ICYMI: Cercle of hell

You’ve worked your way to a hard-fought 2-2 draw away at the league leaders and all but won a point which will help you in your relegation battle, when your centre-half does this as the clock ticks over to 90 minutes. Cercle Brugge’s Jesper Daland is the man who came up with de blunder in de laatste minuut according to this Dutch journalist. Whatever the language, some things are just universal…

The FSA – supporting the women’s game in 2021

On Boxing Day 1920 53,000 supporters packed into Goodison Park to watch Preston’s Dick, Kerr Ladies FC take on St Helens Ladies. Yet within a year the FA had banned women’s football, arguing it was “unsuitable for females”, a ludicrous decision which wasn’t overturned until 1971. 

Help needed: Young Afghan women’s team

The Afghan women’s development football team and their families have arrived safely in the UK having sought here following the re-establishment of the Taliban’s regime in Afghanistan.

#ICYMI: Rossoblùper

There was a fairly forgettable mid-table clash between Torino and Bologna in Serié A this week that was brought to life, and ultimately decided, by this comical array of defending from Bologna. Top, top teamwork.

New COVID checks come into force at stadiums

New rules regarding the attending of mass events – which includes football matches – come into effect today, and fans aged 18 and over need to be aware of the new requirements under the Government’s ‘Plan B’ for dealing with COVID-19 over winter. 

#TerraceTalk: Support available this Christmas

This year we’ve been promoting #TerraceTalk – a fan-led mental health initiative – to encourage open and honest conversations about mental health and encourage supporters who need them to seek out mental health support services.

#ICYMI: Klassisch

This week’s Klassiker was a dramatic affair which Bayern eventually won 3-2. It could have – perhaps should have – been 4-2 had Corentin Tolisso not missed an open goal in the 99th minute.

Want to fix football? Here’s how you can change things

The Fan-led Review of Football Governance proposed ideas which could radically transform our game for the better - and we want fans across the country to do their bit.

My Club, My Shirt: Nottingham Forest

The diversity of Nottingham Forest’s fanbase is being celebrated with the launch of the newest “My Club, My Shirt” exhibition – which opened at Nottingham town hall last night.

FSA statement: New COVID-19 rules

On Wednesday 8th December the Government announced its intention to move to “Plan B” in response to the Omicron variant. This means fans will need a “vaccine passport” or negative test in order to access large sporting events. 

Fan-led Review: Crouch targets next Queen’s Speech for implementation

The chair of the Fan-led Review has targeted the next Queen’s Speech for the implementation of her report’s recommendations – and says she would be disappointed if it wasn’t delivered in that time frame.

Liverpool launch new supporters board – with backing from fans

Liverpool have launched a new supporters board which they say will deliver meaningful fan representation on strategic issues – and the move has been backed by the vast majority of Liverpool fans.

Watch – Create the space: 100 years on in women’s football

This Sunday (December 5th 2021) was an historic day in English football, marking 100 years since the FA banned women’s football from its clubs’ stadiums in 1921.

#ICYMI: Baskin’

Athletic Bilbao got away with one this week against La Liga minnows Granada, rescuing a point thanks to this very unfortunate series of events which somehow saw Luís Maximiano push the ball over his own line (1m 12s)

Download: 100 Years of Supporter Activism

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first national supporter organisation emerging in England & Wales.

Leeds United CEO compares fan-led review to the death of millions (yes, really)

There you are, going about your day, encouraging football clubs to think a little more about their long-term financial health and ways to increase supporter engagement when – BAM! – a club CEO compares your ideas to the Great Leap Forward (Chairman Mao’s disastrous policy which led to the deaths of at least 15m Chinese citizens).

FSA Awards 2021: Mohamed Salah wins Men’s Player of the Year Award

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was crowned Men’s Player of the Year at the Football Supporters’ Association Awards in association with BeGambleAware, which took place tonight in London.

#ICYMI: Charms

We’re all still getting used to the err, charms, of UEFA’s third tier European club competition – the Europa Conference League – but Tammy Abraham seems to adjusting well. The Londoner got a brace against Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk, which could have been a hattrick if not for missing this sitter.

Fan-led Review: Cross-party support for Independent Regulator

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston today (25th November 2021) responded in the House of Commons to yesterday’s Fan-led Review of Football Governance report and said the Government would work “at pace deliver the independent regulator and any powers that might be needed.”

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