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 220,000 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, 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: email@example.com.
Think the FSF is missing a trick?
If you think the FSF is missing a trick when it comes to campaigning get involved, make your argument via the FSF AGM, your local division, or the relevant FSF member - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 44 000 44 to find out who that is.
If you present a strong enough case your suggestion can happen, as past examples show. Sitting on the sidelines complaining that the FSF should “do something” isn’t enough - the FSF is a voluntary organisation and is only as good as its members. If you have an idea, get involved.
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 Chief Executive Kevin Miles.
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.
If your supporters’ club arranges travel they can protect themselves against costs incurred through match cancellation, postponement, or abandonment. The policy also covers mechanical failure and road accidents which prevent attendance.
The scheme provides Personal Accident cover to members travelling to matches, divisional meetings or events organised by the supporters’ club and is run through ACE European Group Ltd. Costings vary on a case-by-case basis depending on how much you pay for travel.