Fan Led Review of Football Governance
25 Nov 2021, Thursday

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The much heralded Fan-Led Review into Football Governance final report went live at 10pm last night. Because of the wide ranging scope of the review, there's a lot of detail to absorb.

The following is a brief summary of the final report’s recommendations:

  • Governance: an independent regulator for football (IREF) which has the necessary investigative and enforcement powers is needed.

  • Finance: the current model that Club’s use is unsustainable with too many operating at a loss. Preventative action is needed and a regulator will impose stronger financial controls.

  • Engagement: proposals to embed democratic supporter organisations and engagement within the heart of domestic football.

  • Heritage: football stadiums, club badges, location, colours and competitions all deserve special protections. Fans to have a veto on these assets at every club via a “golden share” which is held by a democratic, legally-constituted fan group. These protections confer many benefits of ownership without supporter groups being required to raise capital.

  • Reform: half of the FA Board should be made up of independent non-executive directors, to reduce elite club influence. The FLR also recommends reform of the FA Council.

  • Distribution: the removal of restrictions on FA spending meaning more money redirected towards grassroots, non-league and women’s football.

The Fans Led Review report offers an unprecedented opportunity to overhaul the power structures of the domestic game – giving fans a voice at the heart of football.


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