We know what you’re thinking. Not another WhatsApp group.

But what if we told you this is the greatest WhatsApp to ever be created for football fans?

Our unrivalled team of writers, including David Ornstein, Laurie Whitwell, and James Pearce, are inviting you to be on the inside of football in the build up to Deadline Day. They’ll be giving you, and a limited number of fellow fans, unfiltered access and real-time updates, guaranteeing you’ll be the first to know the latest transfer news before it breaks elsewhere.

Join The Insiders’ WhatsApp Group to be the football fan in the know.


How do I become a member of the group chat?

To become a member, you’ll need to submit some basic info to our entry form, have a read of our privacy policy and terms of use, and then follow some additional instructions to be added to the group. A few steps, we grant you, but well worth it!

How will ‘Insiders’ be selected?

We’re operating on a first come, first served basis, so act quick! This offer is limited to 1,000 Insiders.

When is the group active?

You can apply before Tuesday the 29th of August and we kick off our exclusive group chat on Thursday 31st of August until the end of the transfer on Friday 1st of September.

If it’s a group chat, does that mean that other people will be able to see my number?

No. We’ll be sending messages via WhatsApp Broadcast, which means only The Athletic will have access to your information. Once the transfer window closes, your info will be removed from our database.

Can I opt out of receiving messages?

Of course. Just reply to any of our messages via WhatsApp at any time to let us know and we’ll remove you from the group.

Will The Athletic respond to my messages in return?

Whilst we welcome questions relating to the beautiful game, we can’t promise that all will receive a response.

What happens if I share the group chat number with my mate?

Unfortunately, only those who have entered by the official route will be eligible to join The Athletic’s Insiders Group Chat and receive our breaking news broadcasts. Numbers are limited to 1,000, as indicated, so if you do want to get a mate in on the action, share this page with them so they can sign up the official way!

How many bits of breaking news can I expect to receive?

As a fellow football fan, you’ll know that the transfer window can be unpredictable, but we’ll be sharing updates as and when we have them.

What time can I expect to hear from you?

We’ll try and keep messages between the hours of 8am and 9pm, but if we have something we think you’ll really want the inside scoop on, we may contact you outside of these times.

What are the terms and conditions for this activity?

UK 18+ only. WhatsApp Limited offer. 1,000 Athletic Insiders WhatsApp Group invitations available on a first come / first served basis. Group closes 02.09.23. Follow instructions and submit information on the entry form to take up offer (subject to availability) of receiving the latest transfer football information. Opt-out of Group at any time. Personal details will not be shared. 1 individual person/invitation. Exclusions apply. Full Terms of Use here. Offer via the Athletic.

So what are you waiting for? We have a limited number of spaces, so apply and get on the inside of football here