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How Do Fan-Owned Football Clubs Work?

How Do Fan-Owned Football Clubs Work?


There are different models of fan ownership in football. Germany employs the 50+1 rule, which prevents private individuals or companies from holding a majority shareholding in a football club. There are minority fan owned models in which Supporters Trust’s work alongside private investors whilst maintaining any influence over the direction and the running at the club and there are entirely supporter owned clubs which often operate as IPS organizations run by a trust and maintained by a Democratic membership. England’s fan-owned clubs are are also often categorized by their specific circumstances. For example, Wycombe Wanderers are categorized as a supporter buyout. This is because supporters bought the existing club rather than forming a new club or reforming a liquidated club. Scarborough Athletic FC are known as a phoenix club, this is because the club was reformed following Scarborough FC’s liquidation. Amongst others there are also protest clubs. FC United of Manchester are an example of this; a new club formed by a group of individuals at odds with the Glazer takeover and the general running of Manchester United. Many of these models operate on a one-member one vote basis and use trusts of nominated and elected members to run the club day-to-day. Most fan-owned clubs also have manifestos dedicated to sustainable operations and community support. FC United of Manchester, as an example, are an industry and providence society or an IPS. In short this is an organization that runs either as a cooperative or for the benefit of the community and in FC United’s case, uses its profits not only for reinvesting in the club but for investing in the community. In an IPS, profits are never withdrawn by shareholders. In summary to be regarded as a fan-owned club, a club must have at least fifty percent plus one of its shares owned by the supporters who pay affordable fees to be members of the Supporters Trust. The trustees are elected by the members to represent the members. Financial sustainability is key and community support is vital.

Comments (94)

  1. Loving these videos.

  2. Nice video as always. Keep the great work up!!!

  3. What category is AFC Wimbledon?

  4. notification squad v:

  5. nice music
    and great video as always

  6. Great man… Can you make a video about Simeone's tactics of Atletico Madrid.

  7. Imagine if NUFC was owned by its fans, fuck off Mike Ashley

  8. Suggestions:

    1. World class players playing well for both Club and Country yet never receive awards and nominations because their club underperformed ? ( Ex: Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa, Harry Kane,Javier Hernandez)
    2. Tendency to take players from La Liga for TOTY without actually looking at how they performed.
    3. Media overhyping English talent. Players from Spain and Germany and other foreign players dominate the premier league yet English players rarely do well abroad.
    4. Cap on spending and wages like NBA.
    5. Agents ruining football.
    6. Is premier league really the toughest league in the world ? Only 6 teams have won the EPL, whereas 9 teams have won La liga and 12 teams have won Bundesliga. Why aren't English clubs doing well in Europe currently ?

    Great video as usual.

  9. i suggest making a video on blackpool and how they've gone downhill with karl oyston in charge. or bad club management in general

  10. Is Barcelona fan owned?

  11. Incredible video as always. Keep up the good work!

  12. love your whiteboard videos m8

  13. Please bring these club history videos back. I knew everything you said in this video befoe

  14. oh ok this makes more sense now when pundits talk about clubs on the pregame shows.

  15. At least here in Brazil, most clubs (And all major clubs) are fan owned, with regular elections for Chairman and board seats.

  16. great video I hope you can do one on how balon d'or winners are chosen.

  17. so is this better than the private funded clubs?

  18. why do teams from Israel play in the Europa League?

  19. can you guys make a detailed video on FC united of Manchester

  20. What about Portsmouth FC? Owned by the PST? Why didn't you count us?

  21. So what are Real Madrid and Barcelona ? I know they are fan-owned but I don't think they fall under any of the categories you listed

  22. binged all your videos today! I LOVE EHM
    could u do one on why the Chinese are buying everything that walks;)…?

  23. hey, may i ask what app you use to make this presentation type of video? thanks, great vid as always!

  24. Can you do a video on Chinese investment in poaching players?

  25. Can you do the explanation of a trequartista

  26. Discovered this channel today! Great idea for a channel!
    Subscribed 🙂

  27. Another fantastic video, looking forward to the next

  28. Best football account on YouTube, wonder if there is a possible video behind impact of social media on football?

  29. from 5k subs i started watching, now its over 25 thousand subs! Keep up the good work!

  30. do you have a business enquiry address

  31. Can you do a video on Nottingham Forest's history/fall?

  32. Why not make a video regarding Southampton?

  33. Love these videos! Could you possibly do one on transfer rumors?

  34. Top quality as usual. Glad you popped up in my suggestions… saying that, I did waste my day off watching all your previous videos. Not gonna lie, I feel like a bit of a football structure expert now.

  35. Great videos and illustration but what's up with the music ?

  36. Brilliant as always! Would love to see a video on Scottish football, the national team or the decline of the club game maybe.

  37. As an American, the concept of a fan owned club is intriguing.

  38. What category is Real Madrid in?

  39. Not knitpicking, but a change in background sound thats a bit less depressing would be nice 👍

  40. Great video as always. Quality work mate. Can you do a video on how chinese clubs are worsening the already inflated transfer market?

  41. congrats on 25k subs. great job boys

  42. whos been subscribe since 4000 subs

  43. Can yo do a video on why the Chinese are buying so many players for high amounts of money?

  44. i miss the days of the old Scarborough team. Now i have no local team

  45. Could you do the fall of Charlton Athletic. Or the fall of my team, Stockport County?

  46. just subscribed you doing a great job.

  47. Please can you do an individual video for each type of fan owned club going into more detail. Love the videos.

  48. Make a video about the false 9 formation !

  49. Can you explain the Chinese Super League and their ability to pay enormous amounts of money for players?

  50. How do you guys get the artwork, it looks really beautiful

  51. could you guys do a video on Zidane or Enrique's tactics?

  52. make a Valencia video pretty interesting stuff happening there

  53. how has it taken me this long to find your channel, man i have not enjoyed videos like this for a long time and look at the time addicted to them, well done man, keep it up.

  54. love your editing

  55. I think it's ridiculous that you're not getting over 1 million views on every vid let alone the amount of subscribers you have are shocking. Your content is absolutely brilliant and should deserve to be recognized more. 🍻

  56. Fucking hell this channel is such a pretty hidden gem.

  57. Can you do a video on Arsenal's wage structure please

  58. I swear this guy deserves more subscribers hes class👌

  59. Schalke 04; Eingetragener Verein – gestern, heute, für immer!

  60. Could you please do a video on Hull City and why the massive boycott in the fa cup vs swansea happened.

  61. LOVE UNITED. HATE GLAZERS.

  62. I found this channel and it feels like I found Jesus.

  63. can you do a video on athletico bilbao and their homegrown players policy please?

  64. Why wasn't afc Wimbledon mentioned? Surely they are the most successful example of fan ownership?

  65. Maybe seeing a West Ham Ironworks in the near future due to saturation our club. Hopefully not, but the way things are going, real support will be brushed aside for an Arsenal type model

  66. Loving all these videos! Any chance of a video with your take on the situation at my club, Coventry City?

  67. this channel is excellent. keep it going!

  68. Is that possible for Fan Owned Football clubs (ex FC United of Manchester) to compete in Premier League or Championship?
    For next Video can you explain each tier of English Football (ex requirement to promote, league system, maybe semi-pro footballer salary,etc)…Thanks

  69. pls make a vedio on ajax

  70. What is this program you used

  71. this is amazing and exactly what I want to view, so interesting!

  72. why isn't Pompey in this we are a "fan based club"

  73. #umaxitgiveaway1

  74. I think in Argentina it is mandatory by law for football clubs to be fan owned, and hence all Argentine football clubs are fan owned. Did you miss it, or is there a reason this is not included in the video? Great work otherwise! Awesome videos.

  75. who was to start a club with me ?

  76. This is how all argentinean clubs are managed, any other way I'd prohibited by national law, so we have no clubs owned by a person, and the few tries to sell a club were dismantled by the fans, look for San Lorenzo's fight against that, every team belongs to their fans

  77. I can't get enough of this channel.

  78. AFC Wimbledon is an example of a protest club or phoenix club

  79. Can you do a video on AFC Wimbledon?

  80. Can you do videos on every single lower league clubs ( their brief history, fans, rivalries etc.) It would be so amazing.

  81. Potential to be hugely significant social change

  82. Aren't clubs like Barca and real madrid fan owned?

  83. Would be great if all clubs were owned by a supporters Trust

  84. Nice video guys. So much more to say on Fan Ownership and how it benefits the community.

  85. AFC Wimbledon would have been a perfect example of a protest club

  86. You guys could run a university degree on football and I would love to attend that . I prefer the voice and animation to the live action though 😆

  87. Really? No mention of AFC Wimbledon

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