The GFSN

We play in the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) League.

The mission of the Gay Football Supporters’ Network is to promote the support and participation of gay men and women in football, and act as a medium for LGBT football supporters to get together.

The GFSN works to establish a social network for gay football supporters, to encourage the formation of gay teams for players of all abilities, and to campaign against homophobia in football, with a view to creating a safe and tolerant environment and to gain the respect and recognition for gay involvement in football.

Since their formation in 1989, their main concerns still hold true today – that is while football is the greatest sport in the world, it can be intimidating for LGBT persons due to the phobic attitudes within all aspects of the game.

The GFSN League

In the middle of the 1990’s, a number of LGBT-friendly football clubs were forming across the United Kingdom, primarily to offer people in their local region the opportunity to play football in a welcoming and friendly environment.

Over the last 15 years, LGBT-friendly football has morphed into something much bigger – a national football league with 12 teams, 4 associate teams, and 3 more LGBT-friendly clubs around the UK.

The GFSN League is unique – as far as we’re aware, we’re the only amateur national league that spans the length and breadth of the UK.

With very little funding or sponsorship, playing in a national league demands great commitment from the estimated 280 players who regularly take part in the league and cup throughout the season.

But the GFSN League is not just a football league – it’s much more then that. Together with the Gay Football Supporters Network, it serves as a social network for football players, managers, and fans alike.

With a mixed sex policy and rolling substitutes, the league is proud to have a diverse range of players who embrace the social and friendly aspect of the league.

For more information on the GFSN League, please visit the website: http://www.gfsn.org.uk

Origins

The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) was founded in early 1989 by a small but dedicated group of Football Supporters who happened to be gay. This dedicated band went out to spread the word to the world that being queer did not mean an exclusive dislike of their favourite sport.

From those small beginnings meeting as a group in the Salmon & Compasses in Chapel Market, North London, the national organisation began to grow.

Now with very successful social groups from London, through the South West of England and making inroads to Scotland. Footy fans of all genders meet regularly to discuss their fave sport in their hundreds.