The Belbin Team Role Guide to Football Supporters

With the eyes of the world on the Women’s FIFA World Cup, there have been many blogs and articles looking at every element of the participating teams.

No doubt it has been a huge success, with much commentary and observations made about the teamwork, vision, growth mindset, attitude and leadership.

Here is something a little more light-hearted. Regardless of the result on Sunday, which type of football supporter are you?

Resource Investigator

The enthusiastic one, leading the singing/Mexican wave whilst handing out the beer (on special offer).


The caring one. Gets funny looks as they start to feel sorry for the losing team. (They have played really well, actually.)


The calm one remarking on the contributions of everyone, manager and coach included. After all, it’s a team game.

Completer Finisher

The anxious one. Just loves the VAR. And the accuracy of some of those free kicks… beautiful.


The knowledgeable one. Hasn’t realised that no-one is listening to their ‘greatest goals scored in the second half of a semi-final by the eventual winners’ research.


The disciplined one. Has filled in the wall chart and is heard talking about their love of the set piece.


The one who wasn’t aware the Lionesses were playing, and then makes plenty of useful(?) suggestions to improve the game. Wonders whether increasing the size of goal would make the whole game more exciting. (This is Meredith’s observation.)

Monitor Evaluator

The strategic one. ‘Well, if they had chosen the previous formation and stuck to their guns about substitutions, they may have stood a chance.’


 The one shouting. Alternates between ‘Come on, shoot!’ and ‘Come on, Ref!’.

Do you recognise any Belbin behaviours in others on the pitch or sidelines? We would love to know!

Sending our support and may the best team win for the Final on Sunday! 

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