2. Structure of FSE – Who is Who and Who does What?

FSE has been incorporated into a members association according to German law. Members associations are owned by its members and democratically structured:

Graphic on the Structure of FSE BGM (Biannual General Meeting)

The BGM is the highest body, the ‘Parliament’, of the FSE. The BGM is held every 2 years and it is here that all FSE members decide about the aims, objectives and future actions of the FSE, approve changes to its statutes and elect the members of the FSE Committee for the following 2 years.


  • Examination and approval of reports submitted by the FSE Committee and FSE Coordination
  • Ratification of the actions of the managing boards
  • Election of members of the FSE Committee (simple majority)
  • Decisions on resolutions submitted
  • Decisions on all proposed changes to the statutes

EGMs (Emergency general meetings)/General Meetings

Emergency GMs can be called either by the FSE Committee or the FSE Coordination, or by at least ¼ of the total number of votes of the FSE members.

FSE Committee

The FSE Committee is the management board of the organisation, consisting of the FSE Coordination, the directors of the on-topic divisions and the elected members.

Structure: Two thirds of the total positions of the FSE Committee + one third of the total number of permanent seats within the FSE Committee at the time of elections have to be reserved to members democratically elected by the BGM.Graphic on the composition of the FSE Committee Members are elected with a simple majority for two years. To avoid overrepresentation of one particular country within the Committee, there can’t be more than one third of the elected committee members representing the same country.


2 On-topic Divisions = 2 seats
FSE Coordination = 1 seat
+ 1/3 of permanent seats = 1 seat
Elected members = 8 seats (max two from one country)

3 On-topic Divisions = 3 seats
FSE Coordination = 1 seat
+ 1/3 of permanent seats = 1 seat
Elected members = 10 seats (max three from one country)


  • Overall running of FSE together with FSE Coordination
  • Development of annual budget plan
  • Implementing decisions made at the AGM
  • Directing the FSE Coordination
  • Appointing and dismissing the chief executive/FSE Coordinator
  • Appointing and dismissing On-topic divisions
  • Preparation of the annual financial statement and report on activities for the BGM

Internal Auditor(s)

At the BGM, the members of FSE elect at least one and a maximum of two internal auditors from among the FSE members for a two-year-term. They are elected with a simple majority. At least one of the auditors should be familiar with finances and German tax legislation.


– At least once a year audit of books and final account, especially regarding revenues, expenses and cash balance
– Written report of the audit for the BGM

FSE Coordination

The FSE Coordination is the executive body of the FSE handling the day-to-day business of the organisation including all legal transactions. The FSE Coordination is appointed by and has to report to the FSE Committee and works closely with the on-topic divisions.

On-Topic Divisions (subject areas)

Fan culture is diverse. Hence, organisations or networks providing particular services relevant for football fans (e.g. fans’ embassies services, disabled fans’ rights, etc) can develop their work under the umbrella of FSE as so called on-topic divisions. On-topic divisions would cover e.g. campaigning and lobbying, consultancy services and/or networking, etc and are ideally financially independent from the core funds of the network. The FSE Committee approves the creation of an on-topic division with a two-thirds majority. Currently there are two on-topic divisions: FSE Fans’ Embassies & FSE Anti-Discrimination Division.

How is FSE Financed?

FSE secured its core funding from UEFA and project-related funding from EU funding programmes. It’s been clearly acknowledged by both sides though, that any funding from UEFA can only happen under the condition that FSE can remain independent with its activities. On top of that, we are very happy about all voluntary contributions/donations from members and other sources in the near future to reduce the reliability one source of funding and to retain/further strengthen our independency.


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