50+1 rule for football club ownership - Debate briefing

On 14 June, parliament will debate the petition to ‘Enforce the 50+1 rule for professional football club ownership in the UK.’

Ahead of that debate, Power to Change have launched a briefing paper – download link to the right, following our recent report These Clubs Are Ours.

It sets out the case for supporting greater community ownership of our professional football clubs including:

  • The 50+1 rule – what does it mean and how does it work
  • The role our clubs play as community assets
  • The dire state of football finances
  • The history, benefits and challenges of community ownership in football
  • A practical plan to boost community ownership in football:
    • A £400m Club Community Ownership Trust to help supporters buy the clubs they support when in crisis or up for sale
    • A strengthening of existing Community Right to Bid powers into a more powerful Community Right to Buy
    • A trial of a Back the Fans policy for clubs in administration, to replace HMRC’s preference for liquidation
    • Ensure the fan-led review brings about meaningful change in the way the game is run


On its launch the These Clubs Are Ours report was welcomed by the Football Supporters Association, who said:

“We welcome these proposals from Power to Change. The Government has opened the debate on supporter ownership and finding ways to assist supporters to do so will be key.

“The FSA has long campaigned for protection of clubs and football assets such as grounds. Added protection and funding is required to ensure no more are lost from our national game.”

In the light of the failed European Super League and the recently launched fan-led review of football governance, at Power the Change we are now working to demonstrate the strength and breadth of support for greater fan ownership in football.

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