SD Europe is an organisation that assists democratic supporters’ groups in achieving formal structured involvement in their clubs and associations, while developing member ownership of football clubs.
Established in 2007 with support from UEFA, SD Europe also advises clubs on their ownership and governance structure and works with football governing bodies, leagues, UEFA, and European institutions. SD Europe is a members organisation in its own right with 11 different countries represented by a range of national supporter organisations, supporters organisations and clubs.
SD Europe works with supporters, member-run clubs and other stakeholders in more than 20 countries. We:
- Help democratic supporters groups across Europe gain and increase their influence over the game
- Advise local and national supporters' groups, clubs and governing bodies on governance and ownership models
- Promote better understanding of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations
- Provide advice and support with the implementation of Supporter Liaison Officers (Article 35 of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations)
- Encourage increased dialogue between groups across Europe; and also between UEFA and its stakeholders, including its members associations and other football organisations, the European Commission and Parliament
- Coordinated the European Commission-funded project, Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership
- Liaise closely with our partners FSE (Football Supporters Europe), FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe), CAFÉ (Centre for Access to Football in Europe) and Play The Game.
2016: SD Europe begins coordinating a two-year collaborative partnership of twelve partners (seven countries), co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and UEFA: Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football. Through a training, education and exchange programme involving member-run football clubs and national supporters’ organisations, the project will help promote EU principles on good governance in sport.
2014: SD Europe awarded observer status on three EU Expert Groups established under the 2014-17 Work Plan for Sport: Economic Dimension, Good Governance and Match Fixing.
2014: As a result of the Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership project, national supporters' organisations are set up in Italy, France and Ireland.
2013: SD Europe and FIFPro Division Europe sign a MoU, through which the two recognise that the time has come for players and supporters to stand together, and highlight their shared interest in making the game more stable, sustainable, and better-governed.
2012-2013: SD Europe, along with nine partners from eight different countries (including national supporters' organisations, club groups and member-run clubs), took part in a preparatory action in the field of Sport funded by the European Commission. The Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership project was in the area of good governance in sport and followed the development of a European-wide network of supporters’ organisations trying to be involved in the decision-making process at their clubs, and the support given to them by SD Europe.
2012: SD Europe publishes a position paper, 'The Heart of the Game: Why Supporters are Vital to Improving Governance in Football', in order to set out its positions and evidence of how supporter involvement and ownership can help improve European football, as well as deliver European values and EU aims.
2010: The SLO project is introduced in UEFA Club Licensing & FFP regulations under Article 35. To be eligible for a UEFA license club need to have an SLO.
20o9: The SLO concept gains full approval from the national associations represented on the UEFA Club Licensing Committee. SD Europe and UEFA set up an expert group which, together with supporters and national associations, drafted the guidelines for the proper implementation of the project.
2007-2009: UEFA agrees to support a pan-European feasibility study conducted by Antonia Hagemann and supervised by Supporters Direct. The study clearly demonstrated the demand for similar services to those supplied by SD in the UK on the European level, and provided a catalyst for SD Europe's work to begin in earnest.
Supporters’ groups and clubs affiliated to SD Europe must meet the following criteria:
- Overall the group must aim to improve the relationship between the club and its fans
- It must aim to exercise influence in the running of the club to improve its operations through share ownership, board representation and / or other formal and / or informal relationships to the club
- It must be democratic, with one member having one vote
- It must be an inclusive organisation
- It must be accountable, transparent and open
- It has to be openly committed to non-violence, non-discrimination and equal opportunities
- It must be committed to the non-distribution of profit
European Supporters Alliance
SD Europe is a registered business name of European Supporters Alliance (CLG). The company is registered in Dublin, Ireland (No. 589689), with its registered office located at: Bishopstown Training Ground, Curraheen, Cork, Ireland.