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A year in the life of the FSA (2022)

If you’re after a serious, comprehensive look at the Football Supporters’ Association’s work, we recommend you download our Annual Review which was published in July, and features our work from the first half of the year.

Campaign group calls for end to adidas’ “wage theft” of workers

Labour Behind the Label, a campaign group that works to improve conditions and empower workers in the global garment industry, have called on World Cup sponsors adidas to “end wage theft in their supply chain”.

Fan’s life saved at Amex – shows importance of CPR

Throughout the season we hear about stories of supporters who have serious medical emergencies in football stadiums, and cardiac arrests are one of the more commonly shared ones.

ICYMI: Internet discovers why Kane missed penalty

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ll have noticed England crashed out of the World Cup, with Harry Kane spurning the chance to equalise from the spot. Queue internet sleuths discovering an old advert which might just explain what went wrong.

Supporter engagement: FA & FSA women’s game reps meet for first time

The FSA’s first official women’s game supporter engagement meeting with the FA took place in October and you can catch up on what was discussed below.

Another blow for the European Super League

One of the European Court of Justice’s most senior legal advisors has delivered yet another blow to the European Super League by ruling that UEFA does have the right to sanction clubs if they try to form a breakaway competition.

FSA democracy: Minutes from our National Council & board

See FSA National Council minutes from February 2022 and August 2022 alongside FSA board minutes from March 2022 and May 2022.

FA offer apology & refunds to Lionesses fans

Back in September the Lionesses faced Luxembourg at Stoke City and waltzed to a 10-0 win, which didn’t really surprise anyone given their status as newly-crowned European champions.

Fan reps meet EFL executives – Winter 2022

Fan representatives from the EFL’s three divisions met with the competition’s senior officials in November to discuss ongoing issues across the leagues.

FSA submits evidence to women’s game review

Back in September the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced plans for a review of the women’s game, to be chaired by former-England international Karen Carney MBE.

#ICYMI: Cherker

Arsenal played Lyon in Dubai this week as part of their per-season/mid-season warm-up. Despite the Gunners winning 3-0 in normal time there was a penalty shoot-out after the game in which six penalties were missed. Behold Mathis Cherki’s failed panenka which was the worst of the lot. Truly dreadful.

EFL unveils new sanctions guidelines for clubs

Today the EFL has unveiled its new supporter sanctioning guide, developed with the FSA, to assist its 72 clubs in dealing with supporter behaviour issues.

Culture minister: Fan-led Review progress “imminent”

Culture minister Michelle Donelan yesterday told Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that the long-awaited Fan-led Review of Football Governance White Paper was “imminent”.

Free Lions 179: England vs France (Doha)

England are through to the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and will be taking on France on Saturday for a place in the semis.

Kitmas 2022: Fans helping children across country this Christmas

The organisers of ‘Kitmas‘ – a grassroots-led campaign to brighten up Christmas for struggling families around the country – are once again urging fans to donate football kits this December.

Fan reps meet referees’ body

Supporters representing the FSA’s Premier League Network met with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) last month to discuss matters relating to top-flight refereeing – including but not limited to VAR.

#ICYMI: The Italian Lob

Italy failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, and with ICYMI talent like Diego Stramaccioni coming through the ranks of Juventus’ under-23 team it’s not hard to see why.

Supporter reps meet Premier League (Nov 22)

Supporter reps from the FSA’s Premier League Network met with top-flight officials last month to discuss a range of topics including fixture scheduling, VAR, fan behaviour, supporter engagement and more.

Free Lions 178: England v Senegal (Doha)

Having successfully navigated their way out of group B England now face Senegal in the last 16. Their fourth game of the tournament is back at the Al Bayt Stadium with a 10pm kick-off (local time).

Travel info for fans: Christmas and New Year

When the domestic football schedule gets back underway post-World Cup supporters will be facing disruption on the rail network as industrial action and planned engineering works take place.

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