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?

LGBTQ+ or an active ally? Join us!

NEW! Referees Dan McFarlane and Mikey Connor from the Collective are guests on a Football v Homophobia Podcast episode to mark World Mental Health Day and Coming Out Day

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

Catch up on Football Pride! Read all about our big summer 2023 event in Manchester


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)

Lou Englefield: City fandom, Pride Sports and Football v Homophobia (ManCity.com, June 2023)

Pride shouldn’t feel perilous - let’s get sports speaking confidently (Jon Holmes for Sport and Recreation Alliance, 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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