The Fan-led Review (FLR) of Football Governance, chaired by Tracey Crouch MP, was published today (24th November 2021).
Supporters’ groups from around 130 different clubs including BIAS and Bees United took part, along with the football authorities, during more than 100 hours of evidence gathering sessions.
The review aimed to “explore ways of improving the governance, ownership and financial sustainability of clubs in English football” and “engage extensively with fans to ensure any recommendations are led by fans’ experience and interests.”
You can find full details of the FLR here
Below is a summary of the final report’s recommendations:
- Governance: an independent regulator for football (IREF) which has the necessary investigative and enforcement powers is needed to prevent the recurrence of such developments as the ESL.
- Finance: football’s model is unsustainable with too many clubs making losses. Pre-emptive 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.
BIAS believes the FLR report offers an unprecedented opportunity to overhaul the power structures of the domestic game – giving fans a voice at the heart of football. As an affiliate member of the Football Supporters Association (FSA), BIAS will continue to work with other supporter groups to ensure these recommendations become reality.
If you are not a member of BIAS, please join today and help us protect the game we all love.
Our voice is always stronger, when we are together.
Join BIAS for FREE Here
TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER