The Association of Tartan Army Clubs (ATAC) was formed in 2000 to act on behalf of fans of the Scottish national team, both home and away. ATAC directly represents over 1500 members of affiliated Tartan Army clubs throughout Scotland and beyond, but does not claim to directly represent the Tartan Army. We liaise regularly with the Scotland Supporters Club and Scottish FA staff in relation to issues specifically impacting supporters of the national team such as ticketing, travel & security, supporters experience, match buses, fan events, and much more.
ATAC also contributes to the wider conversation on Scottish and European Footballing issues as a whole. Our vice chair fills a seat on the board of Supporters Direct Scotland (SDS), who in turn hold a seat on the SFA Congress. We also participate in meetings and discussion with the supporters groups from the other Home Nations, and are members of, and engage with, Football Supporters Europe (FSE).
Each affiliated club sends a representative to the ATAC committee. This committee meets regularly with Scottish Football Association, promoting the best interests of every Scotland fan. Before ATAC was formed, there was no formal dialogue between Scotland fans and the SFA.
You don’t have to be a member of an affiliated Tartan Army Club to get your viewpoint across. ATAC will listen to any point raised by a member of the Scotland Supporters Club. If you have an issue you wish to raise, please email us.
With Scotland’s trip to Moscow just over 3 weeks away on Thursday 10th October here is a reminder to all fans travelling that you need a Visa to enter Russia. Normal processing takes 5 working days at the Edinburgh Russian Visa Application Centre although you can pay extra for a next day service. Full details are available in the ATAC Visa guide, this was produced back in March and it is still correct.
The Sporran Guide for our trip to Russia will be published in early October.
The next ATAC meeting will take place on Sunday 1 September, and is being hosted by Lunnainn Albannaich. As they are based in London they have opted to host it in the Graham Hotel in Falkirk. If you would like to join ATAC or simply come along and see what goes on then please get in touch.
On 19th May, UEFA announced its ticket pricing for Euro 2020 matches. Hampden will host four matches.
The Association of Tartan Army Clubs disagrees with the ridiculous ticketing prices being proposed. Tickets for the group matches from €50 (£45) for category C (behind the goals), to an eye-watering €175 (£156) for a category A (pitch side) seat. The prices for the later stages at other venues are even more astronomical.
ATAC and its members believe the massively inflated prices will prevent many supporters from attending matches, and risk thousands of empty seats, for a tournament which UEFA hope to be a special celebration of 60 years of European competition.
ATAC joins Football Supporters Europe and other supporters groups around Europe calling for a serious review of this pricing strategy, and urges UEFA to listen and act with urgency. Football without fans is nothing.
It’s like double decker buses wait ages for one and two come along at the same time. ATAC have provided some advice for our upcoming trip to Belgium in their Euro 2020 Qualification campaign. We hope you find this Sporran Guide useful.
France 2019 starts today (Friday 7th June), 30 days of Football to determine the World Champions. The Scotland Women’s National Team have qualified for the first time and start their campaign on Sunday against England. Everyone at ATAC and all the Tartan Army Clubs would like to wish the team good luck for the competition. Do yourselves and your nation proud we are behind you every step of the way.
ATAC have produced a Sporran Guide with a wee bit of advice and information on the team and the tournament. We hope you find it useful.