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Watch: APPG on fan activism in the women’s game

The All Party Parliamentary Groups for Football Supporters and Women’s Football recently met in a joint event to discuss the topic of fan activism in the women’s game – and that discussion is available to watch online now.

In recent years the profile of women’s football has exploded as the Women’s World Cup is bigger than ever while, domestically, interest in the Women’s Super League continues to grow, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. These developments have been mirrored in the stands with new supporters’ groups organising and emerging at an incredible rate, resulting in the formation of the FSA’s Women’s Game Network.

Those developments have been thrown into jeopardy. Revulsion at the plans for a Super League, to co-opt women’s teams from its member clubs at some unspecified point in the future, without consultation and with only a single sentence mention in the new competition’s opening press release, were widespread. There was just as urgent a need to kill the Super League proposals for the health of the women’s game as there was in the men’s.

What are the campaign priorities for fan groups in the women’s game? What role do fans have in growing the game? Do clubs put match-goers or the TV audience first? Can fans fend off the hyper-commercialisation which afflicts the men’s game?

Watch below as the APPG panel discussion will discusses these issues and more.

The speakers at the event:

  • Tracey Crouch MP – Chair of the Women’s Football APPG, ex-sports minister, FA-qualified coach and Tottenham Hotspur fan.
  • D-M Withers – Bristol City Women FC board member at Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust and co-host of the Bristol City Vixencast.
  • Rodney Cyrus – Hosts the On And Off Pitch Podcast, Manchester United fan and Fans for Diversity represenative on the FSA National Council.
  • Suzy Wrack –  Football writer for The Guardian, FA-qualified coach and multiple FSA Writer of the Year nominee.
  • Ian Mearns MP – Chair of the APPG for Football Supporters and Newcastle United fan.

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