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As the Fifa World Cup gets underway, we did a little research and asked: how well are member-run football clubs or clubs with some element of supporter involvement in their governance structure represented amongst the 32 countries taking part in the competition?

By Arik Rosenstein & Niamh O’Mahony

Europe and South America are particularly prominent, but it’s quite an impressive list: we counted no less than 141 players representing 45 clubs from 25 different national squads over in Russia.

2014 World Champions Germany…

With the World Cup in Russia right around the corner, you could be forgiven for thinking that the club season drew to a close weeks ago. However, for some countries in northern Europe and the Americas, the league has merely hit the pause button, while others are (not so) quietly wrapping up their play-offs.

Article updated: June 6, 2018. Main photo: Rubén Arévalo

Still, we can safely declare that the 2017/18 season has been another successful term for the growing number of…

The recent visit of representatives of the Czech Football League (LFA) to the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) was the first of 12 exchange visits scheduled to take place as part of SD Europe’s, Liaison-based Integrated Approach to Improving Supporter Engagement (LIAISE) project, which is funded by EU’s Erasmus+ programme and co-financed by Uefa.

As part of the visit, Tomáš Čarnogurský, supporter liaison officer (SLO) coordinator for the LFA, and Svatoslav Batá, SLO at Bohemians Praha 1905, had the opportunity to meet with…

SD Europe was in Bucharest in early May to present on the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role and contribute further to the Council of Europe’s ProS4+ project.

The initiative delivers “one country” training to countries that have signed the 2016 Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events, and is supported by the European Union.

The seminar, which ran for three days from May 9th to 11th, followed on from…

Representatives from the German Football League’s (DFL) Fan Affairs department travelled to London back in April to attend a meeting of Premier League supporter liaison officers (SLOs).

Ben Kandler, who was also involved with SD Europe’s recent LIAISE workshop in Stockholm, and his colleague Eric Roda Gracia were in England for three days, and attended one of the Premier League’s regular SLO meetings as part of their schedule.

Both leagues made a presentation about their ongoing efforts around their respective SLO programmes,…

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