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.
ATAC have provided some advice for our upcoming trip to Cyprus in the Euro 2020 Qualification campaign. We hope you find this Sporran Guide useful.
ATAC’s Chair and Vice Chair, Martin Riddell, and Graeme Baxter, attended a meeting earlier this week at the invitation of the Major Events Team at Scottish Government, to discuss the UEFA European Championship (Scotland) Bill following its introduction at the end of September. The basis of the bill is to put protections in place for the Euro’s next year taking place, and impacting supporters, in Scotland. This involves stringent legislation on ticket touting, advertising, and street trading, along with the provision to police and enforcement officers to implement fully.
Ticket Touting and the resale of tickets for any kind of profit, for matches in Glasgow, or by individuals in Scotland, will be a criminal offence, in addition to breaching conditions set out by UEFA. We would encourage anyone wishing to attend the matches to apply for tickets through UEFA, or in the event of Scotland qualifying, the Scotland Supporters Club / SFA. Restrictions on advertising and street trading will be in place at Hampden, a perimeter surrounding the stadium, and within the event zones to be located within the City Centre.
ATAC are fully supportive of the measures being put in place to protect supporters, and will keep supporters up to date on further developments as the tournament nears. You can keep up to date on its progression through parliament by visiting the Scottish Government website
ATAC have provided some advice for our upcoming trip to Russia in the Euro 2020 Qualification campaign. We hope you find this Sporran Guide useful.
The Government have also produced some advice that can be found here
At yesterdays meeting with the SSC and SFA Security, we briefly discussed the November match in Cyprus. The Cypriot FA have stringent ID checks as part of the ticket sale process, and every member will be required to required to input a passport number at point of sale. The SFA will share more information in due course, upon return from Russia, but were happy for us to provide a heads up to supporters.
ATAC met with the SSC and SFA Security team yesterday to discuss the upcoming trip to Russia. The SFA’s pre match travel information will be issued on Tuesday, and will contain details about the trip, ticket collection, and do’s and don’t whilst in Moscow. Tickets for the match will be posted out early Tuesday by the SSC.
ATAC will be issuing the supporters Sporran Guide later in the week, so keep an eye on our website and social media.