Supporters Direct and FSF event at Wembley
Football fans from across the country will converge on Wembley Stadium on July 26 for the Supporters Summit.
The event is being jointly hosted by Supporters Direct
(SD) and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF).
The backdrop to the summit is an outpouring of anger and frustration felt towards FA Commission proposals that include the introduction of B-teams and a feeder league – the so-called ‘League Three’ idea.
The proposals, unveiled a few weeks ago, were publicly rejected by Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin, who called on ‘any proposals that allow B teams or nursery clubs to infiltrate the league and cup structure’ to be dismissed.
Both SD and the FSF see this event as a chance for fans to shape their vision for the game.
There will be a chance for supporters from across the country to share their views on issues in the game, as well as workshops focusing on the identity of clubs, fans’ involvement in the running of the game and the treatment of match-going supporters.
In the scheduled sessions, there will be questions asked about how the identity of clubs can be protected.
There will also be discussions on why ‘away fans matter’ and Financial Fair Play in the UK and Europe, as well as Safety Advisory Groups – the all-seeing, though relatively unknown, bodies who make many of the big decisions on matches.
An eventful season has drawn to a close and the work and campaigning of Supporters Direct has had a huge effect on the football landscape.
The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the big issues in the game and meet with like-minded fans.