We will encourage the reform of football governance rules to support the co-operative ownership of football clubs by supporters.Supporters Direct says this is part of
a growing political consensus about the potential for football fans to buy out their clubs by setting up co-operatives, similar to those that already own and run clubs like FC Barcelona and Hamburg SV. The new Coalition Government has pledged to support the creation of mutually-owned clubs in its "Programme for government".And the group is organising a conference on 12 and 13 June in London to further this idea, which you might call the Big Society's incursion into football.
The programme promises sessions on football finance, a grown-up debate about the future of football with club chairmen, activists from the leading campaigners from supporters' trusts and leading political thinkers.
As the first day of this event sees the England vs USA World Cup match, it will be shown on a live screen at the conference venue (8.30 p.m. kick off).