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The situation in non-league post-lockdown

Following the end of lockdown and the Government announcement of its new three tier system of local restrictions, non-league clubs and leagues face a number of issues, and clarification on the rules to be implemented throughout the non-league system will be vital to some clubs’ continued existence.

We want your feedback on EFL streaming

Streaming games has become a new way of life for fans in the EFL following the decision to start the season behind-closed-doors, but how are the streaming platforms coping with the new influx of users? We are asking fans of EFL clubs to let us know about their experiences in a new survey, the results of which will be fed back to the EFL.

MPs: Premier League and EFL must end “fiasco” on club survival

MPs have told Premier League and EFL football chiefs they are “on notice” to end the “current fiasco” which has seen many lower league clubs teetering on the brink of survival.

COVID-19: FIFPro survey shows impact on women’s game

A survey by international players’ union FIFPro has highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on the women’s game. Based on data collected by player unions in 62 countries, the survey shows a disproportionate impact of wage cuts and reduced support, which threatens to slow the recent development of the game.

EFL, FA and Premier League grilled by MPs

Rick Parry (chairman, EFL), Richard Masters (chief executive, Premier League), Greg Clarke (chairman, FA) faced the Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee today (Tuesday 10th November 2020) in a wide-ranging discussion.

Government holds line: no return for fans planned

MPs once again grilled the Government on its stance that, prior to the latest national lockdown, barred football fans from returning to stadiums.

Restrictions and contradictions mean no level playing field in non-league

A mixture of patchwork local restrictions and lack of a uniform approach to dealing with COVID-19 threatens the future of non-league clubs this season, as additional measures brought in to quell the pandemic in different regions are leaving an uneven playing field. 

Non-league funding solution ‘unfair and unjustified’ say Chester FC

Chester FC have written to the National League to ask for clarification on how the financial support package announced yesterday was determined, following a deal between the league and the National Lottery to provide emergency funding to clubs.

Petition secures Parliamentary debate on fan lock out

A petition to get fans back into football grounds in line with other sectors of the economy has secured a Parliamentary debate after reaching almost 200,000 signatures.

Newcastle United fans call for action on £7m worth of missing refunds

Newcastle United fans are still waiting on an estimated £7m worth of season ticket refunds – and now supporters are calling for urgent action from the Premier League club.

Fan groups unite to condemn Project Big Picture

The fan groups of the six leading Premier League clubs widely reported to be behind the instigation of ‘Project Big Picture’ have united to denounce the plans, saying they are “totally opposed” to the concentration of power in the hands of six billionaire owners, and attacking the proposals for their lack of consultation. 

Project Big Picture: A sugar-coated cyanide pill

Football is in crisis, many clubs desperately need financial support to help them survive, and the game’s wealth has to be shared more fairly – but the ‘Project Big Picture’ plans are not the answer and they would be an absolute disaster for our game.

Football’s message to fans: “Together we will get you safely back into grounds”

The Premier League, EFL, FA, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have released a joint open letter to supporters reaffirming their commitment to getting fans back into stadiums – and doing it safely.

Club in crisis? Here are the warning signs…

With football’s finances in a precarious state due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSA’s head of governance Ashley Brown has highlighted some of the key things to watch out for that may indicate your club is heading down the road to become the next Bury or Macclesfield Town…

Northern Premier League clubs tell Government they face “ruin”

Three of the biggest Northern Premier League clubs have joined forces to write to the Government warning that they face financial ruin if urgent measures are not taken.

Government will offer aid to non-league football

The sports minister today confirmed that the Government will intervene to help non-league clubs survive the COVID-19 crisis – but he expects the Premier League to bail out the EFL.

Government must prevent collapse of football pyramid says senior MP

The Government has been warned that the country’s historic league structure is on the verge of collapse and help is desperately needed.

Non-league: no fans means no season

Without paying spectators attending games, a significant number of non-league football clubs in the men’s game will cease to exist. The demise of teams in non-league will have a negative knock-on effect not only on players and club staff, but on fans’ health and well being, women’s and junior football in the local area, and the local economy. The FSA’s head of national game, Andy Walsh, explores further…

Damian Collins MP: “What is the Government doing to save clubs from financial ruin?”

Sports minister Nigel Huddleston was this morning pressed by his fellow Conservative MP Damian Collins to act now in order to save football clubs from financial ruin.

Return to stadiums – “I’m 73 years old and was apprehensive, but soon felt at ease”

The second round of the EFL season took place over the weekend with small numbers of fans allowed into stadiums for test events – and there were many new procedures to follow.

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