Football fans from across the country will converge on Wembley Stadium on the 26th July 2014 at Wembley Stadium, to the Supporters Summit hosted jointly by Supporters Direct and the Football Supporters’ Federation.
The backdrop to the event is the 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 CEO 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 are keen to see this event as the chance for fans to shape their vision for the game, and there will be a chance for fans from across the game and the country to give their views on the issues in the game, and workshops focusing on the identity of clubs, the involvement in the running of the game by fans, and the treatment of match going supporters.
In the scheduled sessions, we’ll be asking how identity of clubs can be protected, discussing why ‘Away Fans Matter’, continuing the season’s work of the FSF on the campaign and finding out about 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.
A highly eventful season has now 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.