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ICYMI: The nightmare before Christmas

Ajax's Steven Berghuis arrives late on the scene with a strong contender for miss of the year. They say to stay relaxed in front of goal but there's relaxed and then there's comatose.

Christmas contacts for supporters who need legal support

The overwhelming majority of match-day experiences pass without incident but occasionally things do go wrong.

FSA response to European Super League case

FSA chief executive Kevin Miles said: “As our friends at Football Supporters Europe point out - there is no place for an ill-conceived breakaway super league.”

PGMOL and FSA create new working group

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) have strengthened their dialogue through the creation of a new working group.

York City Supporters Trust criticise late TV fixture move

York City Supporters Trust have issued an open letter expressing concern over the decision to move their away fixture at Boreham Wood for TV broadcast, appealing to the league and broadcaster to ‘mitigate the impact on our fans’.

Supporter reps meet Premier League

Supporter reps from the FSA’s Premier League Network met with top-flight officials in May to discuss a range of topics including VAR, fan behaviour, fixture scheduling, fan-led review, fan engagement, sustainability and the Independent Football Ombudsman.

#ICYMI – You’re the ref! Why was this disallowed?

Rennes thought they’d scored a dramatic 101st minute equaliser deep into injury time against Villareal – and it would’ve secured their progress to the last 16 of the Europa League. But an extremely eagle-eyed VAR (correctly) disallowed the goal because of one of the game’s more obscure laws.

Fulham Lillies launch new report on matchday family inclusion

FSA associate members Fulham Lillies have launched a new report which looks at the barriers facing new parents who want to take babies and infants to football.

Reading fans protest outside Parliament

Reading fans have once again made their views known on owner Dai Yongge – the club has been docked points on multiple occasions for failing to pay player wages and didn’t pay all backroom staff their full November salaries. 

#ICYMI: Hamburglar

Hamburg keeper Daniel Fernandes really made the worst of the bad conditions at St Pauli this week by making a total pigs ear of this attempt to play out from the back. Luckily for him and his equally-complicit defensive partners, Hamburg managed to claw the game back to draw 2-2. Sparing some, but not all, blushes.

FA reforms WSL and Women’s Championship – and appoints new CEO

Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship Clubs have unanimously agreed to proceed with the formation of a new independent body – called NewCo – to run the women’s professional game in England.

FSA statement: New Premier League TV deal

Earlier this week, the Premier League announced that it has agreed a new deal with Sky and TNT Sports in which the competition will receive £6.7bn over four years for its UK television rights and with it a significant increase in the number of games that will be selected for live broadcast.

FSA Awards 2023: Salah and Maanum lead major supporter honours

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was crowned Men’s Player of the Year at the Football Supporters’ Association Awards at a ceremony in London this evening – while Arsenal’s Frida Maanum picked up Women’s Player of the Year.

Government backs Carney Review into women’s football

The Government has today (Monday 4th December 2023) backed Karen Carney’s blueprint which aims to “raise standards in domestic women’s football” – including supporting the FA and NewCo in the full professionalisation of women’s football and equal access to sport in schools for girls.

Win free matchday train travel with Pledgeball

The FSA partnered with Pledgeball in 2022 as we encourage football to help tackle the climate crisis – and you can do your bit with prizes to be won.

ICYMI: Thanks-a-milian

You’d think a potential 0-0 between Barnsley and Wycombe Wanderers, midweek in November, would be a fairly forgettable affair but the punters present eventually got their money’s worth thanks to the heroics of Wanderers keeper Maksymilian Stryjek. An act of ineptitude that will be talked about for ages.

Fan group in focus: Sheffield Wednesday’s Rainbow Owls

You wait ages for a feature on Sheffield Wednesday fan groups and then two come along at once! After recently speaking to SWFC Women’s Supporters’ Group, this week we had the pleasure of catching up with Rainbow Owls founder Chris Ledger – it’s a big weekend for them as tomorrow is a designated Rainbow Laces game, so it’ll be a busy day for Chris and co…

Free Lionesses Guide to Glasgow

The Lionesses travel to Glasgow for their penultimate Nations League group match on Tuesday 5th December (7.45pm KO) with Scotland seeking revenge for September’s 2-1 defeat at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in a match which could be a very tense affair – or a dead rubber.

European away ticket prices remain “stubbornly high”

More must be done on European away ticket prices as analysis released today shows too many clubs still charging high prices for away tickets in UEFA’s club competitions.

#ICYMI: Mixer

The spirit of the Rory Delap-style long throw lives on as Wales proved in Armenia this week. The Dragons salvaged a point thanks to this own goal brought about by an absolutely wicked long throw into the box by Conor Roberts.

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