On and off the pitch, football is a brilliant place for LGBTQ+ professionals

Taking a united approach, we are a network group that is helping to create an environment in which football is an industry of choice for, and is representative of, the LGBTQ+ community.

Do you work in the game, in a pro or semi-pro role? Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer / questioning, or an active ally? Join us!

We have over 50 core members - see our profiles here



See images from our big event at Chelsea FC on 28 June 2024

Zander Murray among winners at fifth annual Football v Homophobia Awards (February 2024)

Collective member Caz Simone wins LGBTQ+ Award on Football Black List (Feb 2024)

We held an event at the Houses of Parliament, marking the 15th annual Month of Action for the Football v Homophobia campaign - read our recap article (Feb 2024)

Collective core members Matt Morton and Jahmal Howlett-Mundle join the FvH Podcast to talk about new documentary 'Rylan: Football, Homophobia and Me' (Feb 2024)

Looking for speakers, workshops, resources or just some advice? Email us at [email protected]


Referee Mikey Connor kissed boys on a gay TV show and is getting guys to check their balls (April 2024)

Meet award-winning nonbinary soccer player Caz Simone who shares LGBTQ truths on TikTok (March 2024)

Zander Murray to retire, leaving only five out gay men active in pro men's soccer worldwide (December 2023)

Feature interview with out gay referee Ryan Atkin on Outsports (November 2023)

Coverage of the Rainbow Laces campaign on Sky Sports and Mirror Football

Referees Dan McFarlane and Mikey Connor are guests on a Football v Homophobia Podcast episode to mark World Mental Health Day and Coming Out Day (October 2023)

Feature interview with Dan McFarlane on Outsports (October 2023)

Sam Picton blogs about the connections between football and Pride (Kick It Out, June 2023)

Colin’s story in Ted Lasso suggests pathway to Pride for gay footballers (Jon Holmes for Sports Media LGBT+, June 2023)

Returning to top-flight officiating after giving birth | Barclays WSL referee Stacey Pearson  (PGMOL on YouTube, May 2023)


Watch the short film below about our launch event in London in June 2022 (thanks to videographer and editor John Reavey)

Read media coverage about the launch in The Guardian, ESPN and Sports Media LGBT+; watch on Sky Sports; see event images below (thanks to photographer Sam Rees)

Thank you to our founding supporters - Football v Homophobia; Sports Media LGBT+; The Football Association; Brentford FC; Kick It Out; Women in Football; The Player Care Group; Inside Inclusion; and PGMOL

Interested in connecting / partnering? Got a media enquiry? Whatever your question, please email us at [email protected]

About us

The LGBTQ+ Professionals in Football Collective is a network group providing connections and advice about inclusion for all those working in the game.

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Signposts to a selection of resources for LGBTQ+ inclusion in football and links to relevant articles by, from or about the Collective.

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Who are we

Players, coaches, match officials, inclusion experts - learn about the Collective's members, read their mini Q&As, and connect!

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