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At the end of 2021 BST published some high level guidance on the broad content of Tracey Crouch’s Review of football governance, and why it was important.


Given that her review runs to over 160 pages, the information we have published so far is very broad brush. In this document we :


•   take some of the main themes in turn

 •   examine the detail

 •   and present the information in a “Question & Answer” format that hopefully anticipates the kind of issues you are interested in and presents key information in a way that is easy to follow


An important caveat


It should be stressed that at the time of writing - February 2022 - the Government has said that it accepts the broad thrust of the Crouch Review “in principle”. As yet, it has not indicated when - or if - it will bring forward legislation to give her main proposals legal effect.


The earliest moment at which such legislation could begin its passage through both Houses of Parliament would be after the publication of the next Queen’s Speech, in May 2022.


The guidance that follows has been written on the assumption that the necessary Bill to give effect to Ms. Crouch’s recommendations will be brought forward by DCMS in the spring of this year. But the reader should bear in mind that there are no guarantees that this will happen.


BST will provide further updates on these key questions as more information arises. And if and when a Bill is introduced to Parliament, we will provide regular briefing on its content - and on its progress.

To aid navigation, and enable fans to focus on their specific areas of interest we created  a separate page for specific topics covered in the  report.  

Fan led report recommendations


Football's Financial Framework 

Owners and Directors Test 

Corporate Governance

Improving supporter engagement 

Revenue distribution

Protecting Club Heritage 

Equality, diversity and inclusion (IED) 

The women's game 

Player welfare


BST February  2022

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