The YBIG Independent Supporters Mandate is a representative group for Irish football fans unaffiliated to official supporters clubs. We were founded in 2016 to provide a voice for those fans on issues within Irish football that affect them. Approximately 700 members have signed up since then. New members are always welcome and can sign up by clicking here.
YBIG Mandate contributed to the Governance Review Group (GRG) process conducted into the FAI in 2019 by submitting the document linked here and by meeting with the GRG team to discuss it.
As a result of that submission, and others submitted by the Irish Supporters Network (ISN) and the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs (CRISC), Recommendation 75 of the GRG report stated:
“That the representative imbalance in the current make-up of Council be addressed by provision for a further 21 positions which would see the Council with a membership of 79”
Two of those 21 positions were allocated to supporters, on the condition that a representative structure covering all relevant groups that had contributed to the process be put in place.
To meet that condition, the Irish Football Supporters Partnership (IFSP) was founded by the three groups with YBIG Mandate and ISN elected to sit on FAI Council for an initial period, following which the seats will be rotated. Committee positions were also allocated to supporters on the International and High Performance Committee and Club & League Development Committee. A framework document for working together was agreed by all three groups.
The IFSP are currently engaged with the FAI in relation to the upcoming governance changes outlined in the government's Memorandum of Understanding and the move away from an FAI Council to a General Assembly and will advise members as soon as that process is completed.