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2017 will be remembered in the city of Cork for many years to come, a historical league and FAI cup double celebration capping off a record-breaking year in the League of Ireland for its supporter-owned football club.

SD Europe celebrates 10 Years in 2017. To mark this milestone, we are recalling some of the stories, successes and challenges from across the SDE network that has made this movement so dynamic and meaningful. We start with FORAS, but many more will follow…

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At the suggestion of SD Europe, the French Football League (LFP) organised a very successful 90-minute bilateral SLO meeting in Paris ahead of the Champions League group game between PSG and Celtic on November 22nd.

Around 40 attendees, including SLOs and safety officers from 15 clubs (nine first division and six second division), plus representatives of the LFP, the French Football Federation (FFF), ANS (Association Nationale des Supporters), PSG supporters, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Sport, heard…

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The home of Irish football, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, played host to the second-ever SD Europe Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, November 18th.

Members and friends representing nearly 40 different organisations and 15 countries came together just over one year on from the establishment of SD Europe as an independent, pan-European organisation in its own right in the Autumn of 2016.
An Irish welcome
Chair Diego Riva opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to the Aviva Stadium and thanking the Football Association…

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The Association of Bulgarian Fan Clubs of Foreign Teams in Bulgaria has held a football tournament in Sofia to support local deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents.

The event – the eighth tournament hosted by the Association – was held in partnership with the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) as well as Sport Sofia 2000 EAD, Sofia Municipality, VTA Security Service and the Comet Children’s Football Academy. It received organisational and financial support from the BFU, as part of…

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Partners from SD Europe’s Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project gathered once again in Dublin recently (November 18th and 19th).

Running from January 2016 until the end of next month (December 2017), the project brings together six member-run clubs and five national supporters organisations to focus on themes of Good Governance, Sustainable Finance and Member & Volunteer Engagement.

The workshop in Dublin gave everyone involved an opportunity to highlight the key activities that have made a positive impact on their…

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Ten years ago, back in 2007, SD Europe set out on a journey around the continent to bring together supporters interested in fighting for a common cause.

In response to financial struggles at clubs at all levels of the game, supporters were determined to become involved in decision-making processes and to be recognised as important stakeholders within football.

By then, like-minded supporter organisations had already formed at national and local level – from Brian Lomax’s Northampton Town and Supporters Direct in the…

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As another busy year starts to come to an end, SD Europe is preparing to host its second-ever AGM and network meeting in Dublin on November 19th. The weekend will also see partners in the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project meet for the final time before the project formally concludes on December 31st.

SD Europe became a pan-European members’ organisation in its own right in September 2016, having been originally formed in 2007, and celebrated its first AGM in…

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The penultimate exchange visit of SD Europe’s Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project took place recently in Gelsenkirchen as Cork City FC visited FC Schalke 04.

The project has brought together six member-run clubs and five national supporters organisations from around Europe to learn and share best practice in the areas of good governance, sustainable finance and member & volunteer engagement. The work is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme and Uefa.

Representatives of FC Schalke 04 travelled to Cork earlier…

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SD Europe were very proud to deliver two presentations at this year’s UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play workshop, which took place in Montenegro on 11-13 October.

Hosted by the Football Association of Montenegro (FSGC), the workshop was attended by representatives from UEFA, its 55 member associations, and guests from FIFA and the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL confederations.

Under Article 35 of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, clubs applying for a licence to compete in one of…

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A representative of SD Europe recently took part in a monitoring visit to Kyiv on 9-10 October 2017 organised by the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence on the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage match between Ukraine and Croatia.

The purpose of the visit was to support the Ukrainian authorities in the process of ratifying the new Council of Europe Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events…

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