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FA meets fan groups in women’s game to discuss restart

Fan representatives from the Football Supporters’ Association women’s network – covering clubs playing in the FAWSL, FAWCL and FAWNL – took part in a fan forum with the FA on Monday 6th July.

What should the return to non-league look like?

The FSA have partnered with the Non-League Paper to gather the views of thousands of football fans across the country on how they believe football can safely return from its COVID-19 suspension with spectators in the stands. 

Funding available for community clubs ahead of restart

Almost £2.2m in grants is being made available by the Football Foundation to help non-league and community clubs get their facilities ready to host fans again.

FC United’s Food Hub

FC United of Manchester have become the latest club to show what can be done during the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the North Manchester Business Network and the City Council. 

Grimsby Town fans put more than £100,000 back into club

Grimsby Town fans are the latest to provide financial aid to their club during the pandemic – putting over £100,000 into the club over recent weeks.

FSA Cymru update: June 2020

Welcome to the second newsletter of 2020 – which will of course be concentrating on the postponement of Euro 2020 and what the future holds for Wales fans following the team overseas in the coming months…

Deloitte: Football finance overhaul “desperately needed”

Forget Christmas – those with a nose for finance look forward to the release of Deloitte’s annual football report like no other day of the year. Ashley Brown, the FSA’s head of supporter engagement and governance, has been up since the early hours flicking through its pages. Here are his highlights…

UEFA announce big changes to the football calendar

UEFA has confirmed a whole host of changes to the football calendar aimed at completing this season’s European competitions before the end of August, as well as setting out dates for internationals and European games in 2020/21.

Exeter City: Fan donations to club surpass £40,000

While some clubs have been heavily criticised by fans for their season ticket refund policy, there are examples of good practice which deserve a mention.

“No return to normal” – fans across Europe demand change

This morning supporter groups from across Europe, including the FSA, are outlining their demands to UEFA and national football authorities on the future of football after the pandemic – below is the letter in full arguing that supporters have to be at the heart of major consultation…

Leeds Trust launches #StayAway campaign as games return

Leeds United Supporters’ Trust (LUST) has launched its #StayAway campaign with former players, NHS staff and notable Leeds United fans encouraging supporters to do their bit in the continued fight against COVID-19.

League One play-off dates set as EFL clubs vote to curtail season

This week EFL clubs decided to curtail the League One and League Two seasons – with the final tables being decided on a points-per-game basis.

Premier League clubs begin refund process – with one exception

Premier League clubs have begun opening up refunds for games cancelled during the pandemic – with Newcastle United the only club to remain silent on the issue.

Where does football go now?

Ashley Brown, head of governance and club liaison at the Football Supporters’ Association, will be appearing in the third episode of the SIGA-Soccerex Webinar series ‘COVID 360° – Where does football go now?’ this week.

Premier League and FA Cup set June return dates

Premier League clubs have agreed a provisional restart date for the 2019-20 season and the FA have also announced that the FA Cup will be returning at the end of June.

Former-FA bosses back football finance plans

Football figures and politicians have come out in support of proposals to “save professional football as we know it” by Damian Collins MP, former chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

WSL fans have their say on season resumption plans

Fans of five leading WSL sides have given their thoughts on the COVID-19 shutdown and their chances of returning to stadiums once the disruption caused by the pandemic has eased, and voiding the season has not proved a popular option. 

Damian Collins MP: “Weeks to save professional football as we know it”

The Government needs to take urgent action to “save professional football as we know it”, says Damian Collins MP, the influential former chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

What can we do for you?

It has been a strange couple of months without football, but while you might think that without football matches things had been quiet for us here at the FSA, that couldn’t be further from the truth. We’ve continued to provide our services and advice to fans, groups and clubs in a whole range of different ways. 

Fans for Diversity FIFA 20 tournament a big hit

While the coronavirus lockdown has stopped professional sport in its tracks, football has joined the likes of F1 and cycling in using e-sports to fill the void. 

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