Your basket

Join The FSA

Women at the Match report unveiled

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and Supporters Direct merged to become the FSA in 2019 – so this page may contain hyperlinks that do not work and/or have missing files. Our archived pages are not maintained and will not be updated.

If you are seeking a document regarding training or the development of your supporters’ organisation, please visit the live training and resource section of our website. if you need further assistance email: [email protected]

One of the largest pieces of research ever into women fans’ experiences at professional men’s football matches has been unveiled by the Fans for Diversity campaign – a joint campaign run by the Football Supporters’ Federation and Kick It Out.

The Women at the match report, launched at the Supporters Summit last weekend, surveyed almost 3,000 women between the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.

Led by researcher and FSF National Council member, Fiona McGee, the report looks at how women develop the match-going habit, their experiences of sexism at the match and how they challenge sexism in football grounds.

As well as the survey data, the report includes anecdotal reports from women who have been regular match-going fans. Additionally the survey data was supplimented with focus groups to explore its themes further.

Related Articles

Women at the match report released

The report of our Women at the Match survey has been released, giving fans more details on the work that was carried out earlier this year when we polled women supporters from both the men’s and women’s game. 

Here’s how you can report racist abuse

While last night the vast majority of football supporters saw a talented young team fight its way to the Euro 2020 final, some pathetic individuals saw an opportunity to throw online racist abuse at those very same players.

Standing areas have “positive impact” on safety – SGSA report

Safe standing at football grounds has had “a positive impact on spectator safety” and improved the matchday experience for thousands already, says an interim report from the SGSA.

Liverpool fans exonerated: UEFA to blame for Paris fiasco says new report

A six-month long investigation into the chaos at last May’s Champions League final says serious safety failures could have led to fatalities and UEFA bears “primary responsibility” for the chaos before the game.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball