17-19 July 2009 in Hamburg, Germany
“We Are the Game !”
In July last year more than 250 football fans from 27 countries, from Norway to Israel, from Portugal to the Ukraine, came together for the first time to kick-off the formation of an independent and representative European network of football fans at the 1st European Football Fans’ Congress in London.
All sorts of issues around topics such as fan culture, policing, ticketing, anti-discrimination and club ownership were discussed and started to identify important areas for future activities of a united body of football fans in Europe that is able to speak up and campaign on all relevant issues. To get this process going, a Steering Committee consisting of fans’ representatives from eight different countries across the continent was appointed to take responsibility of the next steps. In this committee also three partners of the FARE administration group play an active part.
Many things have happened since: UEFA have continued their initial support and backed the establishment of a Coordinating Office for the network whilst acknowledging its independent nature. Together with this independent FSI Coordinating Office based in Hamburg/Germany, the members of the Steering Committee have spent the past months with plenty of unrewarding tasks such as developing preliminary statutes with a voting system, establishing a proper network structure and conditions for membership for the network.
Lots of new contacts with grassroots fans groups throughout Europe have been established who joined the cause and it’s becoming more and more obvious that there is a clear need for broader protest and campaigning on all sorts of fans’ issues at European level.
The 2nd European Football Fans’ Congress (EFFC) 2009 will feature not only 10 workshop sessions on issues such as
• Legislation affecting fans in football,
• Campaigning & Fundraising for fans’ initiatives,
• Pyrotechnic articles in football,
• Involvement of minority groups in football
• How to increase fan ownership in Europe
and a framework programme with plenty of social events around football but also the first democratic election of the committee as the main board of the network, the formal adoption of the statues and the final name for the European fans’ body. Things should be going further and elaborate substantial results and the basis for all our actions in the near future!
Fans from both big football clubs in Hamburg, FC St Pauli and Hamburger SV, are supporting the organisation of this event to provide the best conditions for another great success in the process of establishing this European fans’ network. Upon request, a financial support for delegates of fans’ groups without sufficient means with travel costs and accommodation for their trip to Hamburg can be provided.
Deadline for registrations is Friday 26 June 2009!
More informations and the registration forms can be found on the website of Football Supporters International.