To understand more about the thoughts and experiences of disabled fans in returning to live matches, CAFE has launched a new online survey.

In June 2020, CAFE’s research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on disabled football fans highlighted how important attending live football matches is for disabled people, and the negative impact the suspension of live football had on many disabled fans.

Fans from several countries across Europe have been able to return to watching live matches at stadiums, with reduced capacities and a variety of safety measures in place. CAFE would welcome hearing from disabled fans who have been able to return to stadia on how they found the experience, from the provision of accessible matchday services to any additional safety measures implemented.

Take part in the CAFE Return of Disabled Fans to Live Matches survey in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Russian.

You can also download Word document versions of the survey in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Russian. Additional accessible formats are available subject to request.

We are also keen to hear from disabled supporters who have not yet returned to live matches, to further understand the factors and barriers that have prevented them from going back to supporting their team live.

CAFE Fans Liaison, Access and Administration Officer Amy Wilson said, "After a uniquely challenging year, we are starting to witness the gradual return of fans to venues across Europe. It is critical that access and inclusion are taken into consideration when venues begin to welcome fans back to the stadiums. Through this survey we hope to understand more about the thoughts, concerns and experiences of disabled fans around the return to stadiums, and ensure that venues have the opportunity to take this feedback into account".

The findings of this research will help CAFE support UEFA, national associations, and football clubs in ensuring that disabled fans are considered at all stages during the planning for a return of spectators and that services implemented are accessible, ensuring a welcoming, inclusive and safe return for all disabled fans.

Visit the latest CAFE Covid-19 news section for further information.

If you have any questions about the CAFE Return of Disabled Fans to Live Matches survey, please email [email protected] or call +44 (0)208 065 5108.

Published 5/2/2021