Update on NCFCOSA proposed referee motion at last years FSF AGM

The Supporters who are following NCFCOSA progress of a motion which we proposed at the FSF AGM at the start of the season will find the following letter interesting.

The fixture motion which passed at the AGM read:

“The FSF proposes that the leagues should take into account the convenience of visiting fans whenever possible during the scheduling of fixture lists, particularly by striving to limit the distance that has to be travelled to attend a mid-week evening game to two hours travelling time wherever possible.

Latest reply from the FSF.

Clubs are asked individually about their requirements around fixture scheduling and EFL clubs voted in a majority to place the longer distance journeys midweek to enable clubs to maximise attendance on weekends. FSF National Council member & rep on the fixtures working party Ally Simcock has made the arguments from a fans point of view, but they have not been heeded as clubs continue to push long midweek ties. We have also raised the issue with the EFL in the past but they kick it back to the clubs as well. It’s something we will keep pushing but it’s difficult to build momentum around the issue as people tend to blame the league, when really it’s their own clubs who are selling them out in many ways…

The motion relating to refs – we are due to meet the EFL on Friday 25th May and it will be raised in that meeting for an official response.