FA introduce new rules to protect heritage of clubs

Friday 05 Aug 2022

The FA has introduced new rules to help protect the heritage of football clubs in England that will be implemented across the Premier League, EFL, National League [national division], Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship.
The introduction of the new rules for the start of the 2022/23 season follows a consultation process with the relevant Leagues and the Football Supporters Association.
Under the new rules, if a club wishes to make a material change to its club crest, or change its recognised home shirt colours, it must undertake a thorough and extensive consultation process with supporters. 
A club must also be able to evidence that a majority of its supporters are in favour of any proposed changes (such as via an independently-run poll of season ticket holders, the club’s Community Benefit Society, and supporters that have attended a certain number of home matches).
In the event a club is found to be in breach of the rules, The FA is able to take appropriate action, such as ordering a club to revert back to a previous crest or home shirt colour combination.
The aim of the new rules is to put supporters at the heart of the decision-making process regarding these important club heritage matters. As part of our ongoing response to the fan led review, we will be continuing a consultation process regarding potential ground relocation rules this season.


By FA Staff