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Senior football in Bury: the future is supporter-led

Today the FA confirmed that Steve Dale’s application for Bury FC to join the National League System for the 2020/21 season has not been accepted by its Alliance Leagues Committee and this decision has now been ratified by the FA Council. Here the FSA’s head of national game and community ownership Andy Walsh explains why that decision was the right one and how the future of football in the town is supporter-led…

Salary cap voted through by League One and Two clubs

League One and League Two clubs have voted in favour of introducing a salary cap which will come into effect immediately.

Newcastle United fans demand answers from Premier League

Newcastle United fans say they have been “ignored by the Premier League” following the collapse of the club’s takeover and the leading supporters’ group on Tyneside is now demanding answers.

Clubs in Crisis: Guidance for fans

It’s been a nail-biting summer for fans of many clubs in the EFL as the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated underlying problems with the game’s governance.

AFC Wimbledon hit target for financing new stadium

AFC Wimbledon confirmed this week that they have hit their target for financing their new stadium.

Wigan Athletic supporters’ group launches Parliamentary petition

Wigan Athletic Official Supporters’ Club (WAOSC) have launched a petition calling on the Government to back the formation of an independent regulator who could protect the future of all clubs.

FSA and Sports Ground Safety Authority team up to promote fan engagement

The Football Supporters’ Association and the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) have teamed up to promote the importance of Safety Advisory Group (SAG) engagement with fans.

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.

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.

Wigan Athletic enter administration and face points penalty

Just weeks after being taken over Wigan Athletic have entered into administration and are now facing points deductions as their Championship season comes to a close.

Exeter City v Northampton Town: The “friendly final”

At today’s League Two play-off final Exeter City will face Northampton Town and, while it will take place in front of near empty stands, it’s actually a fixture that has special significance for supporters.

Hull City ban journalists for “negative coverage”

While Hull City’s fans might have expected the club leadership’s entire focus to be on the battle for Championship survival they have instead turned their attention to the media – banning local journalists and hitting out at The Athletic for “misleading gossip”.

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.

“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…

Bury AFC take next step in forming a new club

Bury AFC have taken the next step along the road to ensuring there is a football club in the town next season by electing the Shakers Community Board this week. 

End of football creditors rule would be “moment for genuine reform” – MPs hear

Yesterday MPs heard that the football creditors rule must be looked at as part of any future reforms to the game’s governance.

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.

Macclesfield Town misconduct charges a “hammer blow” to club say fans

Macclesfield Town fans have responded to the club’s latest EFL charge and say the club’s very future is in the balance.

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.

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