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 200,000 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 from every club in the professional structure and many more from further down the football pyramid.
The Safe Standing Campaign 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 also help supporters of England and Wales by offering all the best 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 our Fan In Trouble page) to queries and complaints relating to “consumer” issues such as ticketing, the FSF is here to help. If there’s something not right, we’d like to hear from you. Email: email@example.com
Think the FSF is missing a trick?
Let us know and get involved. The FSF can only claim legitimacy and exist as an effective organisation if fans (ahem, that’s you) get involved. Join the FSF and make your arguments heard via the Fans’ Weekend, your local division, or the relevant FSF member - those elected to the FSF’s National Council all have differing areas of interest and responsibility.
If you present a strong enough case the FSF will take your ideas on - read more on how you can influence FSF policy here. But one thing’s for sure - sitting on the sidelines complaining that someone, somewhere, should do something isn’t enough. The FSF is a largely voluntary organisation and can only be as good as its members. That’s you, so why not get involved today?
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 have 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 Kevin Miles.