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Returning to the match: “Continuous dialogue is essential”

As clubs make their preparations for the return of fans, albeit with some uncertainty as to what will be allowed in October, the FSA has been facilitating dialogue between supporter groups and clubs to help manage that process.

Return to stadiums – a fan’s perspective in the women’s game

The FA Women’s Super League returned to action over the weekend with fans allowed into stadiums – albeit with many new procedures to follow.

How we brought fans back at Lewes FC

Maggie Murphy, general manager at Lewes FC, has written of the club’s experiences in being the first to host the return of fans in the elite women’s game. Their experience will be vital to clubs looking to see how they can manage the safe return of supporters, as well as to fans themselves in finding out what they can expect…

Fans return to Cambridge United games in EFL pilot scheme

Supporters will be able to make a return to EFL fixtures next week, with two matches confirmed as test events in line with the Government’s pilot scheme.

Premier League fans still facing TV lockout as season begins

Supporters of Premier League clubs still face the prospect of not seeing their teams play by legal means when the season resumes in 11 days time.

Top-flight fans message to Premier League: “Let us watch our teams!”

Last week the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) had discussions with the Premier League which indicated that 160 of the season’s 380 games would not be broadcast live to UK audiences during 2020/21. They still insist this will be the case.

Influential MP and fans call on Premier League to reverse broadcast “lock out”

The chair of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters has written to the Premier League and called upon it reconsider its position on restricting broadcast access to UK audiences during the current pandemic.

EFL to broadcast all matches while attendance restrictions remain

The EFL have agreed a “flexible framework” with Sky Sports, to allow all EFL games not already being televised to be streamed online via its iFollow platform.  

Pressure builds on Government to change non-league guidance

Pressure is building on the Government to update their guidance currently prohibiting the return of fans to non-league football despite other areas of the economy opening up.

FSA statement: Droylsden resign from NPL

Non-league side Droylsden have pulled out of the Northern Premier League saying the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left them “no alternative”.

What do fans want from a return in the women’s game?

The FSA are gathering the views of fans of women’s football across the country on how they believe football can safely return from its COVID-19 suspension with spectators in the stands. 

Right to refund: fans still unhappy with refunds at some EFL clubs

Supporters at a handful of EFL clubs remain unhappy with how their clubs are handling the process of refunding games missed during the pandemic.

Football reform: FSA meets new EFL CEO Rick Parry

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) was pleased to have the opportunity to discuss our football reform proposals with Rick Parry and others from the EFL on Friday (17th July 2020) via video link.

Survey: Three quarters of non-league fans to return to grounds upon restart

Non-league clubs will be buoyed by the findings of a survey which indicates more than three quarters of regular matchgoers intend on returning to the game straight away if it is able to kick-off this autumn, but there is still work to do ensuring fans feel safe within stadiums.

Government says spectators could return by October

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) has published draft guidance to help sports grounds plan for social distancing when the Government permits the readmission of fans.

Non-league: “Community ownership made the playoffs possible”

Over the next three weeks, one of the highlights of the non-league season will be taking place as the National League play-offs are contested. Richard Irving, the FSA’s community-owned clubs network manager, explains how some fan owned clubs are right in the mix…

MPs pay tribute to fans for community work done during pandemic

This week MPs acknowledged the work that football fans and supporter groups had done in their communities during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Supporter campaign aims to “REUnite” Carlisle’s fanbase

Fan groups across the country have been looking at ways to raise money to support their club’s survival – we’ve already reported on stories from Exeter City and Grimsby Town.

EFL calls for “comprehensive reset” of finance following Wigan crisis

Responding to the Wigan Athletic crisis, the EFL said this week that a “comprehensive reset” of financing the pyramid was needed to stop more clubs going to the wall.

FSE summer network meeting moves online

Football Supporters Europe (FSE), the pan-European body that represents fans across the continent, have announced that they will be moving their summer network meeting online. 

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