A review of all the main talking points you need to reflect on this week.
 
Scottish Football Supporters Assocation

That was the football week

 
 

This was a very busy week in the world of football, both worldwide and here in Scotland. With FIFA voting to expand the World Cup Finals, UEFA publishes an annual report on the health of each nation's football economy and of course clubs deciding that they would not be having Strict Liability there was never a dull moment.

 

Fans do not have a say

Our first Fans Awards proved very popular over the last few weeks and over the coming weeks we hope to interview some of the recipients. Apart from being a nice wee bit of fun there was a very serious reason for setting these awards up in the first place. As fans we are known to be the lifeblood of the game, however, despite the vast % of revenues that we generate at the turnstiles or by buying TV subscriptions there is no formal relationship between the football authorities and fans. Developing the Fans Awards was a small step to try and establish fans views and to get them articulated. Read more here:

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FIFA decide to make it bigger but bigger is not always better

(WFI) FIFA's ruling body has voted unanimously to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in 2026. The FIFA Council approved the plan at its meeting Tuesday in Zurich. Under the new format, there will be 16 groups of three teams. A knockout stage for 32 teams will follow. The World Cup expansion will see the number of tournament matches increase from 64 to 80 games, which will be completed in a 32-day schedule.
Listen here to what our co - founder Paul Goodwin said about it:

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Strict Liability fudge from the football authorities

There was no surprise to those of us fans who have watched this debate that the SPFL/ SFA have not decided to avoid strict liability for supporters' actions and instead have decided to strengthen their rules around this area.
 
It might surprise some of you that we as the National Fans organisation were not consulted in this process given that these rules relate to fan behaviours. With a membership in excess of 66,000 you might have thought that some sort of dialogue would have been in order- alas no.
 
Where we will have input is for the private members bill being proposed by James Dornan MSP

See: http://www.jamesdornanmsp.org/single-post/2016/09/17/New-proposal-of-strict-liability

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Russia & Qatar

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) statement calling for a ban on all Russian participation and hosting of international sporting events – which would include the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup – has been described as “strange” and “beyond the scope of their activities” by Russian minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov . However, FIFA in a way that only FIFA can is ignoring the facts that nobody in football wants to go to the next two World Cup destinations. Read more here:  

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Fanzines dead or alive?

This is a lovely piece about the world of fanzines and how even in this day and age there is a place for them. It really was a social media of its time. Read more here:

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Football Tourism in Scotland

We are at the very early stages of developing a concept that utilises the history of the game here in Scotland and we will reach out to club historians in the coming weeks. In the meantime we were fascinated by a fan that would travel 3000 miles to see his club in action for the first time.

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