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Climate crisis

With no political solutions in sight on both a national and international level – as scientists increasingly warn of a pending climate emergency – football now has an opportunity to show real environmental leadership.

So the question is, has it shown that leadership? Well the picture is mixed with a host of clubs going above and beyond – but sadly many clubs do little beyond PR campaigns all the while routinely using short haul flights and making other poor environmental choices.

And can football really consider itself at the forefront of the green agenda if it allows games to be broadcast at time when it is impossible for match-going fans to use public transport? The inevitable consequence of putting broadcasters before fans is more car journeys. Change is needed.

Is it really necessary for clubs to replace their kit every season? Considering the popularity of replica shirts the level of waste is staggering. Why can’t clubs keep their kits for two or even three seasons?

How many clubs have a published sustainability policy? The FSA will engage the FA, Premier League and EFL to explore this and aim for net zero carbon emissions in line with global net zero ambitions.

Pledgeball will work with club-specific supporters’ groups to rally their fans while, at a national level, the FSA holds leagues and clubs to account when it comes to the impact of commercial decisions on the environment. The FSA believes that football must invest in sustainability.

What can my supporters’ group do?

Supporters groups across the country can all play a part in that by speaking to their clubs and supporting the FSA at a national level as we engage the FA, Premier League and EFL, to encourage them to strive for net zero carbon emissions and increase transport options for fans. The FSA is keen to work with groups across the country to help rollout more localised initiatives.

What is Pledgeball?

Pledgeball is a research-driven organisation that rallies football fans to bring about change to help to preserve our planet – and supporters can make lifestyle pledges via the Pledgeball website. The Football Supporters’ Association has partnered with Pledgeball as we look to do our bit to tackle the climate crisis and improve things for matchgoing fans.

Pledgeball has already teamed up with Birmingham City, Bristol City and Huddersfield Town Supporters’ Association – and we look forward to supporting the rollout of many more initiatives across the country.

Both the FSA and Pledgeball believe that football can be an enormous force for good. The passion and stubborn drive that helps supporters keep the faith during bad times is also the energy needed to drive positive change and reduce the game’s environmental impact.

The FSA and its affiliated / associated organisations have a membership total of around half-a-million and Pledgeball says that if every member who could reduced their thermostat to 19°C the amount of carbon emissions saved is equal to taking more than 32,000 cars off the road.

Katie Cross, founder of Pledgeball, said: “The football fan community is unparalleled in its potential to drive change: the impact this community could have on the biggest challenge we have ever faced, one that will affect all that we care about from families to football, is huge. I am delighted to be working with the FSA and its members to drive this change.”

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Green Football Weekend

Back at the start of February 2023, the first ever Green Football Weekend took place and it provided supporters with an opportunity to contribute to tackling the climate crisis.

Throughout the weekend clubswore green armbands during gamesto promote the message, pundits’ microphones were coloured green and supporters pledged to make environmentally-conscious choices around travel and food.

Due to its initial success, the Green Football Weekend could become a returning feature of the football calendar every year – for more on what’s happening this year, check out our climate crisis news section.

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