The survey was a collaborative effort by the Scottish FA, Scottish Premier League (SPL), Scottish Football League (SFL) and Supporters Direct Scotland, with the aim to engage meaningful feedback from supporters.
Issues such as league reconstruction, national team performance, rules and regulations and the match day experience were all covered in the most comprehensive fan study ever carried out in Scottish football.
The online survey, independently administrated and analysed by Repucom, aimed to facilitate a significant step forward in improving Scottish football. It addressed fans at all levels; from the avid supporter of the national team, and / or a particular club, to the armchair spectator.
Key findings from the survey included:
- The majority of supporters wish to see a larger top league, operated by a single league body, and with no more than three senior divisions.
- Supporters consider greater financial distribution and a merger of the SPL and SFL to be the most important aspects of any reconstruction.
- While the majority of fans consider the National Men’s A Squad to be seriously underachieving, the majority also consider the Women’s National Team and the National Youth Teams to be performing as expected or overachieving.
- Better Coaching, increased grassroots participation and better facilities are the three main factors in improving standards.
- Supporters want a pyramid system introduced to the game which is duly implemented prior to the current season’s commencement.