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New season: Digital-only ticketing causes delays and frustration

The start of the 2021-22 Premier League season has been marred by significant queues outside turnstiles and problems accessing grounds at clubs who have switched to digital-only ticketing.

ICYMI: Bonneheaded

Ipswich Town were beaten by Cheltenham Town the other night at Whaddon Road, but things could have been different if Macauley Bonne hadn’t thoroughly embarrassed himself with this passage of comical attacking play. Just head it.

FSA chair on his 14 years as an “FA blazer”

Earlier this summer, FSA chair Malcolm Clarke stepped down from his role as supporter representative on the FA council after 14 years – and was replaced by Chris Paouros. Here Malcolm talks about his experiences advocating for fans on the council for all those years…

TapOut: Safer gambling message on screens this season

As a partner of BeGambleAware, the FSA is once again pleased to support the work of the leading safer gambling organisation with the Bet Regret campaign.

FSA Cymru meet football authorities – August 2021

This week, supporter representatives from FSA Cymru met with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and senior figures from the Welsh police to discuss issues impacting Wales fans.

ICYMI: Jong’un

Jong Ajax’s Victor Jensen almost punished some very complacent goalkeeping from ADO Den Haag’s Luuk Koopman on the opening day of the Dutch second division this week. Luckily for Koopman, the Dane made a right pig’s ear of the finish.

Survey: Women at the Match

The FSA’s Fans for Diversity campaign is launching a major survey on women’s fans attitudes on attending football, and is looking for women fans from both the men’s and women’s games to give us their insight. 

Poor access still putting off many disabled fans – survey shows

Around a third of disabled supporters say they have been put off going to the match according to a new national survey of disabled fans.

Pre-season event celebrates fan ownership and women’s game

On Saturday, the FSA took part in a double-header of games in Manchester and the south east that took place to promote our community-owned clubs and the women’s game.

FSA AGM 2021 – save the date!

This year’s Football Supporters’ Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place online on Friday 19th November 2021.

Leeds United fans critical of club’s Socios deal

Leeds United supporters are the latest in the Premier League to criticise their club for entering into an agreement with Socios.com

Wanderers fan group sign MOU with club

Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust (BWFCST) have become the latest supporter group to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with their club.

Statement: FSA supports players taking the knee

Today the FSA has joined the major football organisations to issue a statement supporting the players taking the knee this season. Full statement below…

Q&A: A matchday in the life of a dedicated football officer

As the new season gets underway and fans return to grounds, FSA member Saffy Gallagher sat down for a Q&A with Preston North End’s dedicated football officer (DFO), PC Paul Elliot, to find out more about the job…

2021: An historic year for the women’s game

On Boxing Day 1920 53,000 fans, with more supporters waiting outside, packed into Goodison Park to watch Preston’s Dick, Kerr Ladies FC take on St Helens Ladies. Rather than build on that popularity the FA chose, within a year, to ban women’s football from its clubs’ stadiums.

#ICYMI: Both sides

To the Allianz Arena for #ICYMI this week where we witnessed, depending on your point of view, the Miss of the Year from Bayern’s Joshua Zirkzee or Saving Tackle of the Year from Ajax’s Perr Schuurs. Whatever you think we can’t wait to see more of the same in the regular season.

FC United beat Enfield Town to win 2021 Brian Lomax Trophy

On Saturday, FC United of Manchester beat Enfield Town 3-1 to win the 2021 Brian Lomax Trophy – a fixture celebrating community ownership and promoting supporter-owned clubs in the game.

Survey: three quarters of fans will be straight back into grounds in August

Three-quarters (74.8%) of fans intend to return to stadiums from the first fixture in August, with two-thirds of supporters (65.2%) describing themselves as ‘excited’ and four in ten (41.7%) ‘optimistic’ about a return to grounds next season according to the results of an FSA survey.

Fan-led Review: Read the FSA’s evidence here

Last month the Football Supporters’ Association met with Tracey Crouch and the panel conducting the Fan-led Review of Football Governance to make comprehensive proposals for the future of football.

#ICYMI: Pre-wheezin’

It’s that time of year again that produces all sorts of comedy on the field as the players return to training and begin their pre-season friendlies. Here Augsburg’s Jeffrey Gouweleeuw is seen condensing the pure essence of pre-season into one spectacular own goal.

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