The Premier League may be in trouble and not getting the respect it deserves.
That is the verdict of the experts at the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) in a review of its future, which concludes that it has fallen behind the rest of Europe in terms of attracting and keeping fans.
The FA said the survey found that only 12 per cent of Premier League supporters said they are “100 per cent committed to the game”, compared with 30 per cent in Spain and 27 per cent globally.
The survey was conducted by the FSF from May to August last year, and it was conducted on a range of topics including the current state of the Premier league, the current financial situation, the way the league is being run, the Premier club and the future of the game.
The study found that a quarter of all supporters surveyed said they did not feel they would attend matches at home if the Premier was not in the Premier.
The findings of the FFS’ review were welcomed by the Premier Football League, which said it was committed to maintaining a high level of participation.
“The FSF has commissioned a detailed review of the league’s future and we remain very clear that we have a plan to provide a top tier football experience to all supporters and all clubs,” said the Premier’s Chief Executive, Chris Foy.
“We will continue to work closely with the FSWF, the FFA and all supporters groups to deliver the best possible game for all supporters in a world-class league that delivers the passion and excitement the game has always known.”
The FSF’s review of Premier football has also found the FA is making “significant progress” in delivering on the financial and social commitments it made to supporters in the wake of the financial crisis.
“This will be the FA’s last report for the period 2020/21, with the first to be published later this year,” said Foy, who said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to the survey.
Foy also announced that the FA would invest in the FA Cup, the competition for clubs competing in the Europa League. “
A top tier league is the most important goal we have to reach for the long term success of the footballing world, and we will continue working to achieve this by bringing fans the best and most authentic Premier League experience they can get.”
Foy also announced that the FA would invest in the FA Cup, the competition for clubs competing in the Europa League.
“With a top division of just seven clubs and two teams competing in it, we have the potential to provide an incredible opportunity for fans to see the Premier Cup at the very top of the English game,” he said.
“To that end, we will invest in a new £1bn facility for FA Cup and the first ever FA Cup final in 2018, with our first match to be played in the new stadium.”
FFT spoke to a range the FSS’ review of how the Premier will be seen in the future, including what it thinks is a key issue for the league in the coming years.
What’s the future for the Premier?
The survey found the number of fans who would come to a match to support a team was “very low” and that a “small number” of supporters would come for the purpose of “entertainment”.
The FA has made significant progress in attracting and retaining fans in recent years, with just six clubs competing for the top flight in the last two years, and seven more are competing in Europe this year.
But the FA also said it had “a long way to go” in achieving the level of fan engagement it had previously been targeting.
“Our goal is to create a top league that can compete in the modern game, but our future remains uncertain,” said Chris Foyle, FA Cup director.
“That is why we are committed to making the Premier a top level competition, one that brings people together and gives the fans the opportunity to be part of the future success of our sport.”
We know there are challenges ahead.
We have a long way ahead of us, and I know that everyone in football will be looking to us for direction in that journey.
“What is the FA?
It’s a privately-owned British football club, run by Sir Alex Ferguson and his son, David.
It is the oldest club in England and is based in the West Midlands.
The club has a history dating back to 1871 when it was founded by a group of footballers from Manchester who were fans of John Barnes and Sir Walter Smith.
It has had a number of owners since then including Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Scholes, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.
The current owner is Sir Alex’s son, Manchester United Football Club Limited.
It owns the Premier, the Football League and the Football Championship.
The FFA’s Chief Financial Officer, Chris Hill, said the FA was committed “