Active Fans’ Embassies

Austria Fans’ Embassy operated by Fairplay  

Fairplay – an Initiative for Diversity and Anti-Discrimination was started in 1997 in the course of the EU-Year Against Racism with support by the European Commission and the Austrian Ministry for Sports. Since then, Fairplay has organised activities against discrimination in Austrian football and sport, and that in cooperation with associations, clubs, fanclubs, migrant and youth organisations, meanwhile also co-funded by the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB). Under the device of fairplay goes Education and EUROSCHOOLS 2008, the initiative is also active in schools. fairplay is also funded by the Austrian Developement Cooperation and focuses moreover on public and education projects in sport and development.

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Belgium Fans’ Embassy operated by 1895 Fan Club

In December 2010, the Belgian Football Federation reached an agreement with the National Federation of FNS Supporters at the time as part of an organisational collaboration on our Red Devils. In the summer of 2011, an agreement was reached for the creation of a global supporters’ club. Since November 2011, they have been responsible for the operation of the 1895 Belgium Fan Club within the Football Federation. The official name 1895 Belgium Fan Club refers to the year of the founding of URBSFA.

The 1895 Fan Club have operated a Fans’ embassy for over XX years including at UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA world cup in Russia. They provide a support service for all travelling fans and are recognisable among the Belgian international support. They have been members of FSE for this period and support many other programmes ran by Football Supporters Europe. 

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Croatian Fans’ Embassy operated by Uvijek Verni

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Danish Fans’ Embassy operated by The DFF (Danske Fodbold Fans) 

DFF are a voice for Danish football fans and to work to create a better framework and conditions for the many thousands who, week after week, month after month, year after year, help to ensure the great backdrop around Danish football. The DFF assists its members in advising, developing networks and sharing experience between members.

The General Assembly is the supreme authority of the association. It elects a board of directors that constitutes the day-to-day management of the association. Each member association has a DFF contact person who is the link to the members’ association. It is DFF executives who coordinate the joint activities. It’s mixed second registration for the Fair Fans Cup (inside-dm), fan seminar, country matches and joint events.

In order to obtain membership in DFF, a fan club or fan grouping must be recognised by the parent club, have at least 25 paying members and otherwise be able to subscribe to the values on which the cooperation rests. That is, no violence, vandalism, racism and or other activities that may bring the game, club or team into disrepute.

The Danish Football Supporters (DFF) has a rather long tradition of promoting fan interests and self-organisation. It was founded in 2003 by an assembly of representatives from official football fan clubs. The Danske Fodbold Fans nowadays includes 32 football fan clubs representing more than 50.000 fans in Denmark.

The DFF have a history of supporting international fans traveling to watch Denmark. They will support Football Supporters Europe with all of their work in Copenhagen as a host city. 

Contact: info@fairfans.dk/ +45 40 25 87 43

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England Fans’ Embassy operated by The FSA (Football Supporters Association) 

The FSA are the leading advocates for supporter ownership, better fan engagement, cheaper ticket prices, the choice to stand at the match, protecting fan rights, good governance, diversity, and all types of supporter empowerment.

The breadth of work is huge and difficult to sum up in a paragraph or two. As the national organisation they have regular contact with the Premier League, the EFL, National League, and the FA, as well as a whole host of other organisations within football such as the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

Football is for all and the FSA work closely with organisations such as Kick It Out and Level Playing Field to ensure that core belief is happening in the real world. 

The FSA are founder-members of Football Supporters Europe (FSE) who represent supporters across the continent and are heavily involved in the organisation, with two members who sit on FSE’s Committee (Kevin Miles and Paul Corkrey).

The FSA pioneered the concept of Fans’ Embassies and have helped fans of both the England and Wales men’s national teams at tournaments across the planet. They replicated this service, for the first time, for England’s Lionesses at the Women’s World Cup 2019.

The FSA produce a ‘Free Lions’ which is the England fanzine as part of their Fans’ Embassy service supporting England fans abroad. Free Lions is published for every England away game and a team of volunteers (aka the Fans’ Embassy) is on hand offering advice and information for travelling supporters at tournaments, qualifiers and friendlies. 

It’s not just about making sure that fans stay safe and know the best places to grab a bit to eat or drink on matchday. Supporter representatives travel to the relevant venue in advance of each fixture along with FA security staff and the UK police delegation – fact-finding and garnering information to pass on to fans and lobbying host authorities for the optimum treatment of visiting supporters. 

Much of the preparatory work is therefore a well-trodden path: liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), various UK policing agencies and the FA, the production of the Free Lions Guide Book, and the recruitment of the Fans’ Embassy volunteer team with the range of skills required to deliver a comprehensive service.

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Finnish Fans’ Embassy operated by SMJK

SMJK are a new member of Football Supporters Europe and their purpose as an association is to act as a link between the supporters of the Finnish national football teams, to encourage national football teams and to promote football and fan culture in a positive spirit. The association increases the interaction of people who think the same and provides them with a platform for action.

SMJK aim to develop and maintain the visibility and atmosphere of the Finnish national football teams at home and away matches. They also play to organises match trips, fan meetings and leisure events for their members

SMJK will run their very first Fans’ Embassy at UEFA EURO 2020 where they will travel to Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen to support national teams fans during the tournament. 

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French Fans’ Embassy operated by Irresistibles Francais 

The association Irresistibles Français is officially born on the Zidanesque date of 10/10/10. They aimed to establish an association with solid management, a clear mentality to keep alive the stadiums where the French team plays and which allows its members to be players of the matches, in France and abroad. 

In 2012 they started dialogue with the FFF (French Football Federation) in order to develop the atmosphere in the stadiums. The first steps were quickly taken: Supporters were allowed, and even encouraged, to stand and equipment was allowed in the stadia to develop the atmosphere. 

Since then, the visibility of the association has increased. They now have over 1500 active members. France/Russia of March 29, 2016 will remain a landmark date in the history of the association with the realisation of a first large-scale tifo throughout the North Stand of the Stade de France. A great success for Irresistibles Francais. 

IF run a Fans’ Embassy and a Fans’ Team for all international fixtures and go to great lengths to support travelling fans at competitive and friendly games. 

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German Fans’ Embassy operated by The KOS (Koordinationsstelle Fanprojekte) 

The Coordination Unit For Fan Projects (KOS) was set up in 1993 to accompany, coordinate and participate in the establishment of further projects for the social-educational fan projects. The basis of the work is the National Concept of Sport and Security (NKSS), which sets out the content and organisational framework of youth social work in the field of football. Currently, 68 fan scenes are maintained at 61 locations in Germany.

With the long-term successful work of the fan projects in Germany, the preventive approach of social-educational work with football fans has received more and more recognition. In addition to the coordination and optimization of national fan work, KOS has also been internationally active for many years and, in conjunction with the Football Supporters Europe (FSE) network, organises fan support measures at major football events. The biggest challenge in this field was the conception and implementation of the fan and visitor support program for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

KOS were pioneers in the foundation of Fans’ Embassies. Since the 1990 World Cup professional fan workers have been travelling with the German national team fans and fan clubs, at this tournament it was identified there was a need for a support mechanism for supporters travelling to international fixtures. To the present date a Germany Fans’ Embassy has ran at every international tournament. They will continue their great work at UEFA EURO 2020. 

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Icelandic Fans’ Embassy operated by TOLFAN 

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Norther Ireland Fans’ Embassy operated by The AONISC (Danske Fodbold Fans) 

The Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs was formed in early 1998. There were fourteen individual clubs and while many of these had been in existence for more than a decade at that stage, they felt that forming themselves into a network would give Northern Ireland fans greater strength when working on issues they felt most strongly about.

Often feeling that the views of fans were largely overlooked by the decision makers at Windsor Avenue, the Amalgamation began to lobby on a variety of issues, including ticketing and has continued to do so in the years since. whilst much of the work done by the AONISC in the early years was ‘under the radar’, the very public debate surrounding the National Stadium provided the organisation with a much higher public profile.

One of our proudest achievements was in working with the Irish FA’s Community Relations Department to improve the atmosphere at international matches at Windsor Park. The improved atmosphere contributed to many memorable nights and this was recognised with the conferring of the ‘Brussels International Supporters’ Award’ upon Northern Ireland fans.

AONISC have ran Fans’ Embassies for many years and were present at their first major tournament in France for UEFA EURO 2016. They continue to run Fans’ Embassies and support travelling fans at all competitive and friendly fixtures. 

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French Fans’ Embassy operated by Irresistibles Francais 

The association Irresistibles Français is officially born on the Zidanesque date of 10/10/10. They aimed to establish an association with solid management, a clear mentality to keep alive the stadiums where the French team plays and which allows its members to be players of the matches, in France and abroad. 

In 2012 they started dialogue with the FFF (French Football Federation) in order to develop the atmosphere in the stadiums. The first steps were quickly taken: Supporters were allowed, and even encouraged, to stand and equipment was allowed in the stadia to develop the atmosphere. 

Since then, the visibility of the association has increased. They now have over 1500 active members. France/Russia of March 29, 2016 will remain a landmark date in the history of the association with the realisation of a first large-scale tifo throughout the North Stand of the Stade de France. A great success for Irresistibles Francais. 

IF run a Fans’ Embassy and a Fans’ Team for all international fixtures and go to great lengths to support travelling fans at competitive and friendly games. 

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Portuguese Fans’ Embassy operated by APDA (Associação Portuguesa de Defesa do Adepto)

APDA strives for the existence of an active participation of fans, APDA act to inform fans of their rights and duties, through conferences, workshops, issuing fanzines and informative newsletters.

In order for the fan to return to being one of the main actors within the sport, APDA will promote agreements with entities that review their ends, so that they can provide members with better conditions and advantages in the use of services that are part of the daily life of the fan.

APDA represents the platform the interests of the supporters and then shares their objectives to assume this representation before national and international organisations and institutions.

APDA will run their first Fans’ Embassy at UEFA EURO 2020 and will be present for all of Portugal’s fixtures which will take place in Bucharest and Munich. They will be on hand to assist all traveling fans and provide them with advice and support in the city. 

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Scottish Fans’ Embassy operated by ATAC (The Association of Tartan Army Clubs) 

The Association of Tartan Army Clubs (ATAC) was formed in 2000 to act on behalf of fans of the Scottish national team, both home and away. ATAC directly represents over 1500 members of affiliated Tartan Army clubs throughout Scotland and beyond, but does not claim to directly represent the Tartan Army. We liaise regularly with the Scotland Supporters Club and Scottish FA staff in relation to issues specifically impacting supporters of the national team such as ticketing, travel & security, supporters experience, match buses, fan events, and much more.

ATAC also contributes to the wider conversation on Scottish and European Footballing issues as a whole. Their vice chair fills a seat on the board of Supporters Direct Scotland (SDS), who in turn hold a seat on the SFA Congress. ATAC also participate in meetings and discussion with the supporters groups from the other Home Nations, and are members of, and engage with, Football Supporters Europe (FSE).

ATAC provide all travelling Scotland fans’ with a guidebook for every single away game with vital information they require for the city they are playing in. 

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Spanish Fans’ Embassy operated by FASFE (Federación de Accionistas y Socios del Fútbol Español) 

The Federation of Spanish Football Shareholders and Partners (FASFE) is made up of the amateur associations, members and minority shareholders of our country’s football and SAD clubs, as well as democratic clubs.FASFE is a democratic and independent organization that is financed by the quotas of its members.

Their aim  is to help fans who wish to play a leading and responsible role in the life of the football club of which they are followers. They offer support, advice and information to follower groups and all members.

FASFE will operate their first Fans’ Embassy at UEFA EURO 2020 for all of the Spanish National teams’ fixtures in Bilbao. They aim to broaden their network of international fans as well as support all travelling fans that will come to Bilbao for the festival of football. 

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Swedish Fans’ Embassy operated by Camp Sweden 

Camp Sweden is an initiative by football fans to support the Swedish national football team and build a fan and grandstand culture around the national team.

Their goal is to support the Swedish national team in football at home as well as away. Camp Sweden work to make it easier for Swedish supporters to gather before and during the international matches to mobilise this support. Focusing on the qualifiers and the major championships, but we are also present at the friendly matches.

Camp Sweden are a member of Football Supporters Europe and arrange gatherings and marches at Sweden matches at home as on the away. For international championships they focus on supporting fans in all formats such as travel arrangements, accommodation, fan marches, fan friendlies, fan events and many more aspects to make the occasion as enjoyable as possible for Swedes that travel. 

Camp Sweden aims to support the following 4 points – 

To provide a forum for Swedish supporters. A way to unite the supporters, whatever team they otherwise support.
– To improve the atmosphere around the games with songs and sometimes tifo. Our goal is to be there, at home and away.
– To arrange gatherings before the games.
– To provide information

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Swiss Fans’ Embassy operated by Fanarbeit Schweiz 

Fanarbeit Switzerland is the umbrella organisation of socio-professional fan work and national specialist centre for fan topics. The independent association “Fanarbeit Schweiz” was founded in 2005 and is a federally recognised umbrella association within the meaning of the Children and Youth Promotion Act. It is financially supported by the Swiss Football League, the Swiss Football Association and the Federal Office of Social Insurance.

Fanarbeit Switzerland coordinates the networking of local fan jobs and represents the interests of socio-professional fan work at national level. In doing so, Fanarbeit Switzerland takes a seat in national exchange bodies and regularly takes a position on fan topics and security-relevant discussions around sport.

Fanarbeit Switzerland is also responsible for the expansion and further development of the approach of socio-professional fan work in all three language regions. In addition, the organisation is in charge of the project management of the Swiss Fans’ Embassy (Fan Embassy of the Swiss National Football Team), offers training events for professionals and lay people and provides initial legal advice for fans without access to a local fan job.

Fanarbeit Schweiz is committed to an objective view of the fan culture, which fans do not classify exclusively from safety aspects and risk factors, and for a colourful and lively fan culture in Switzerland.

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Wales Fans’ Embassy operated by The FSA Cymru (Football Supporters Association Wales) 

FSA Cymru is a branch of the Football Supporters Association who are the leading advocates for supporter ownership, better fan engagement, cheaper ticket prices, the choice to stand at the match, protecting fan rights, good governance, diversity, and all types of supporter empowerment.

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