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Campaigners call on Premier League clubs to tackle soaring matchday travel costs

The Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT) has called on top football clubs to help fans tackle the spiralling cost of getting to matches and warned that poorly organised and increasingly expensive transport options could leave fans priced out of football.

Bubbles are trouble – but they’re tough to stop

Chester travel to Wrexham on Saturday 31st August and police have determined that this will be a “bubble” match. This means fans must travel on official club transport from a predetermined meeting point, no independent travel is allowed. While the FSF opposes bubble matches Caseworker Amanda Jacks says they’re tough to stop…

Do Female Fans Want The Choice To Stand? Yes!

“One of the arguments put forward is that safe standing discriminates against women,” said The Case for Safe Standing in Football panellist Fiona McGee, a researcher, writer and Leeds United fan who has followed the club across the country for more than 20 years.

Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2013-14

The 44th edition of the football bible brings you all the Premier League, Football League, Champions League and Europa League info. With unrivalled stats and a comprehensive player-by-player guide it never fails to deliver.

Barca and Real to lose member-owned status?

That Independent reports that the European Commission may force Barcelona and Real Madrid to end their historic status as member-owned clubs. Both are alleged to have taken illegal state aid. But is it the right move? Vic Crescit knows a thing or two about Spanish football and he thinks not…

And finally… how scary are Serbian ultras?

You’re a Partizan Belgrade ultra and your team plays rubbish. Do you: 1. Leave early to beat the traffic; 2. Chant “sack the board” or; 3. Walk onto the pitch in total view of police and strip the armband from your captain.

The FSF Fantasy Football League with The Blizzard

The Football Supporters’ Federation has teamed up with The Blizzard – The Football Quarterly to offer a prize-winning fantasy football game throughout the 2013/14 season. Entry is totally free using the official Premier League game and there’ll be weekly, monthly and yearly prizes.

FSF Away Fans Feedback Project 2013-14

The FSF’s Away Fans Feedback Project 2013-14.

Wembley pub split: England v Scotland (Wed 14th August)

The Met Police have asked the Football Supporters’ Federation to pass on information regarding the England v Scotland friendly at Wembley on Wednesday 14th August (8pm kick-off).

Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day

The Football Supporters’ Federation is supporting the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day on Saturday 10th August – with the country coming together in celebration of the nation’s favourite game and one of English football’s most iconic figures.

Swansea City fans guide to Malmo

While our International Ground Guide is undergoing some maintenance ahead of the new season, we thought we’d provide our usual service of advice and information for travelling supporters in brief blog form.

Associate of the month: Redsaway

Every month the Football Supporters’ Federation features an affiliate or associate member to highlight good work carried out by fans – email if you’d like to appear. Visit the FSF join page if you’re not a member, it only takes a few minutes to fix that and it’s totally free.

Free Lions Guide to Kyiv (Ukraine)

England face Ukraine on Tuesday 10th September for a vital World Cup qualifier. If you’re an England fan and are planning a trip to Ukraine, read on for the Free Lions Guide to Kyiv.

Away Fans Feedback Project 2012-13

Last season the Football Supporters’ Federation launched the Away Fans Feedback Project – an ambitious project which aims to measure the experience of the travelling fan.

And finally… the pirouette volley

There’s plenty of craziness in the world of football but sometimes we just like to feature a lovely goal. We’ve seen half-volleys, scissor kicks and the scorpion. Now comes the pirouette, courtesy Clément Grenier who scored a lovely, caressed volley for Olympique Lyon against Real Madrid. 

Kick It Out launches free app to report abuse at grounds

Kick It Out has today launched a free mobile application for iPhone and Android. The app includes a ‘Report It!’ function to provide a quick, straight-forward and discreet way of reporting incidents of discrimination.

CAFE named official charity of 2013 UEFA Super Cup

Our friends at the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) work with fans, clubs and governing bodies towards one clear aim – a more accessible and inclusive matchday for disabled supporters across Europe. CAFE have been named as the official charity of the 2013 UEFA Super Cup charity auction.

Cardiff City’s incredible journey – by Dr Steve Frosdick

Dr Steve Frosdick is an independent safety expert who has worked in sports grounds across Europe for more than 20 years. He explains why standing at the Cardiff City Stadium is neither illegal, nor inherently unsafe, and how it can be managed to suit the needs of those who prefer to sit or stand…

And finally…hole in the wall? Problem solved

Over to Brazil’s second tier where fallen giants Palmeiras won 3-2 against Figueirense. The game will be remembered for a cheeky Figueirense tactic which prevents gaps in the wall at free-kicks. Keepers can sleep a little easier at night.

3pm TV ban on football? Scrap it, argues Gab Marcotti

The Premier League has warned pubs they face legal action for using unauthorised broadcasters to show live games on Saturday afternoons. In this excerpt from The Blizzard Gabriele Marcotti argues that new models are required in the digital age and the 3pm blanket TV ban should be scrapped for the sake of all clubs, especially smaller ones…

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