Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the Iranian regime has banned women and girls from entering football stadia. In response, a determined group of female activists operating under the name Open Stadiums have sought to challenge this unfair policy. FSE and the Sports Rights Alliance have backed them from the beginning.
Felix Tamsut is a journalist who writes about supporters’ issues for Duetsche Welle. Last week, FSE spoke to Felix about his footballing backstory, as well as the factors that drove him to focus his attention on the terraces, rather than the pitch.
Earlier this year, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced controversial plans to change the format of the Supercopa de España for the 2019/20 season. With the competition’s first game fast approaching, FSE spoke to the General Secretary of national supporters’ organisation Federación de Accionistas y Socios del Fútbol Español (FASFE), Emilio Abejón, about this development and the potential for fans to have their voices heard.
Ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FSE spoke to Deborah Dilworth, who is running the Free Lionesses fans’ embassy in France on behalf of the Football Supporters’ Association, the new English fan organisation created after the Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct voted to merge with one another.
Martha Gens is one of the main coordinators of Associação Portuguesa de Defesa do Adepto (APDA), the national organisation that is co-hosting the 2019 European Football Fans Congress (EFFC) with FSE. Ahead of July’s event in Lisbon, we spoke to Martha about the challenges and opportunities currently facing the Portuguese supporters’ movement.