Fans should be at the heart of conversation on football governance
Engaging with supporters and treating them as stakeholders should be a priority of the FFA working group when it convenes to map out the revised governance model for Australian football. Fans deserve a say in this vital conversation.
Supporters should always be viewed as active participants in football, not passive onlookers or exploitable consumers. A vociferous home crowd can spur its team to victory, influence the referee and cow the opposition. In Australia’s crowded marketplace the sound and movement in the stands is what differentiates football as a sporting experience, be it live or on TV. Fans are significant contributors to a delicate ecosystem and their perspectives are valid.