The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) is the democratic organisation representing the rights of fans and arguing the views of football supporters in England and Wales. The FSF is totally free to join as well so the question is, if you’re not a member, why not?
Strength comes in number and you’ll be joining more than 500,000 of your fellow fans in the fight for safe standing, lower ticket prices and the protection of our clubs. Our members are made up of individual fans and members of local supporters’ organisations throughout the professional structure and many more from further down the football pyramid.
The Safe Standing Campaign, Twenty's Plenty for Away Tickets and Watching Football Is Not A Crime! are examples of ongoing campaigns which the FSF leads. Hopefully they’ll prove to be as successful as previous campaigns like No To Gam£ 39 which helped kill off the Premier League’s widely-hated idea of a 39th game to be held on foreign fields.
The FSF’s reach stretches way beyond these shores too. The boys and girls from the FSF’s Fans’ Embassies help supporters of England and Wales by offering advice to those following their nation abroad. This includes the ever-excellent Free Lions fanzine for every England away game while the team at FSF Cymru produce their own invaluable digital resource for the Dragons.
Of course there’s a huge range of issues which can affect fans in the modern era. From fans who find themselves in a spot of bother with police or stewards (see Watching Football Is Not A Crime!) to queries and complaints relating to “consumer” issues such as ticketing, the FSF is here to help. If there’s something not right, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Party Parliamentary Football Supporters Group
The Football Supporters’ Federation is secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Football Supporters Group. The cross-party group is chaired by Ian Mearns MP, a season ticket holder at St James’ Park, and aims to strengthen the voice of football fans in Parliament.
The FSF works in close collaboration with our friends at Supporters Direct and Level Playing Field (previously known as the National Association of Disabled Supporters). FSF Chair Malcolm Clarke sits on the FA Council as the fans’ representative (on behalf of the FSF and Supporters Direct). The FSF also has good relations with other campaigning organisations such as Kick It Out, Liberty and Show Racism The Red Card.
The FSF is also a founding member of the European-wide representative supporters’ organisation Football Supporters Europe. Officially recognised by UEFA, FSE has been running since 2008, and has held annual congresses in London, Hamburg, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Istanbul. The FSF is represented on the FSE’s committee by Chief Executive Kevin Miles.
FSF policy is set at the Annual General Meeting via motions, debate and voting. If you think the FSF is missing a trick get involved and propose your motion at the AGM. Present a strong enough case and your suggestion can become FSF policy, as past examples show. The FSF is a largely voluntary organisation and only as good as its members.
All individual members have one vote while democratic, affiliated organisations get five votes. The FSF also has non-democratic organisations (such as fanzines) who get one vote. The FSF's National Council is elected at the AGM and can, where necessary, set policy in the period between AGMs.
- Annual reviews - 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
- Fans For Diversity - Annual report 2017, Annual report 2016
- Fans For Diversity - Women at the match
- FSF & SGSA: Engaging with Supporters
The FSF is a democratic organisation with an elected National Council which oversees campaigns and policy. Policy is set by members and affiliated/associated supporters’ organisations at the FSF’s Annual General Meeting.