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Nominations open for the FSA Awards

The Football Supporters’ Association Awards are on their way, and we need your help once more in celebrating all that’s good in the game – with nominations now open.

Last year’s Awards saw Virgil van Dijk pick up the Men’s Player of the Year award, Vivianne Miedema walk away with the Women’s Player of the Year trophy and Peter Drury break Martin Tyler’s stranglehold on the Commentator of the Year award; but who do you think should be in line for the FSA Awards this year?

It’s been a very strange year for all of us, not just in the world of football. As a result of the pandemic we were not able to host our usual December award ceremony, but have decided to round up the best of 2020 in an online version.

Some of the categories have changed, some have disappeared temporarily, and it will be taking place online rather than in person, but we couldn’t miss our own way to recognise the players, pundits and commentators that make the game great, but also tip our hat to the lockdown heroes who’ve gone above and beyond helping to support football fans and the wider community through the past year.

Nominations will close at 9am on Monday 1st February, and shortlists will be announced approximately a week later. Voting will run in mid-February and the winners will be announced online on Friday 5th March – so let us know who you think we should consider for the FSA Awards in the following categories here…

  • Men’s Player of the Year
  • Women’s Player of the Year
  • Commentator of the Year
  • Fan Media award
  • Football Media of the Year
  • Podcast of the Year
  • Club Podcast of the Year
  • Pundit of the Year
  • Writer of the Year
  • Lockdown Heroes
  • Fans for Diversity award

What are ‘Lockdown Heroes’?

In recognition of the amazing work that both clubs and fans have done over the past 12 months or so, we have created our Lockdown Heroes awards. These are here to celebrate the work that has gone in to support local communities throughout the pandemic so far, from foodbanks to fundraising, and everything else in between.

If you know of a club, individual or fan group that deserves to be celebrated for the work they have done in this most difficult year, please leave some details (and preferably a link) in the appropriate category.

How do I nominate someone?

You can nominate up to three candidates for each category by following this link, but you do not have to nominate for all categories. Nominations are open until 9am on Monday 1st February, with the final shortlists being announced in the second week in February.

What’s the Fan Media award about?

The Fan Media award was introduced in 2018 – pretty much every club has a whole range of forums, bloggers, stats men and ‘content creators’ as they’re referred to in the business, all run by fans for the love of their club. If your team has a particularly excellent independent voice online, whether it’s a website, social media feed or vlog, we want to hear about it.

As with the Podcast/Club podcast awards, we want general football content in the Football Media award – last year’s shortlisted nominees included Football365.com, The Athletic and Guardian cartoonist David Squires – with the best independent, club-specific fan-led efforts in the Fan Media award.

When are the FSA Awards and can I come?

Normally we host an awards bash to which all shortlisted nominees are invited, and everyone has a lovely old time. This year, however, for obvious reasons, we couldn’t hold our usual December event, so have taken the decision to announce the awards winners online instead. Much like football in 2020 it’s not quite the same, but we’ll make the best of it that we can.

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