The FSA are the leading advocates for supporter ownership, better fan engagement, cheaper ticket prices, the choice to stand at the match, protecting fan rights, good governance, diversity, and all types of supporter empowerment.
The breadth of work is huge and difficult to sum up in a paragraph or two. As the national organisation they have regular contact with the Premier League, the EFL, National League, and the FA, as well as a whole host of other organisations within football such as the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).
Football is for all and the FSA work closely with organisations such as Kick It Out and Level Playing Field to ensure that core belief is happening in the real world.
The FSA are founding-members of Football Supporters Europe (FSE), who represent supporters across the continent and are heavily involved in the organisation, with two members who sit on FSE’s Committee (Kevin Miles and Paul Corkrey).
The FSA pioneered the concept of Fans’ Embassies and have helped fans of both the England and Wales men’s national teams at tournaments across the planet. They replicated this service, for the first time, for England’s Lionesses at the Women’s World Cup 2019.
The FSA produce a ‘Free Lions’ which is the England fanzine as part of their Fans’ Embassy service supporting England fans abroad. Free Lions is published for every England away game and a team of volunteers (aka the Fans’ Embassy) is on hand offering advice and information for travelling supporters at tournaments, qualifiers and friendlies.
It’s not just about making sure that fans stay safe and know the best places to grab a bit to eat or drink on matchday. Supporter representatives travel to the relevant venue in advance of each fixture along with FA security staff and the UK police delegation—fact-finding and garnering information to pass on to fans and lobbying host authorities for the optimum treatment of visiting supporters.
Much of the preparatory work is therefore a well-trodden path: liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), various UK policing agencies and the FA, the production of the Free Lions Guide Book, and the recruitment of the Fans’ Embassy volunteer team with the range of skills required to deliver a comprehensive service.
Free Lions 24 hour Helpline: +44 7956121314