May 28, 2019
The Supporter Liaison Officer role is a dynamic, busy, and exciting position at any football club. However, Celtic FC supporters are known across the world for being up there with the very best.
In this SD Europe Exclusive avid football supporter, and former president of the Seattle Sounders FC Alliance, Paul Cox, gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the realities and responsibilities of the Supporter Liaison Officer at Celtic FC.
“I traveled in February from Valencia, Spain, to watch the…
Apr 19, 2019
At the end of March, SD Europe took part in a workshop in Portugal at the Cidade do Futebol in Caxias, Lisbon, hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). The workshop focused on the role of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) and the disability access officer (DAO). The workshop was organised by the FPF as part of the training activities related to UEFA club licensing.
The opening remarks were made by Paulo Lourenço, Secretary General of the FPF, and responsible for…
Feb 19, 2019
It was a productive day in Sofia, as the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) organised a Supporter Liaison Officer workshop under its ‘Fan Dialogue: 2020 and beyond’ project.
On the agenda for the day was: The work of the BFU with the fans, an overview of the SLO role, the new Council of Europe Convention, a presentation by SD Europe about the SLO role (challenges, relationships and how it should be), and a Q&A between the BFU, local police authorities, SLOs and…
Jan 05, 2019
Participants from ten countries and organisations came together to discuss the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety Security and Service Approach.
Project partners Svenska Footballsupporterunionen (SFSU), Association Nationale des Supporters (ANS), Football Supporters Europe (FSE), Czech Football League (LFA), Polish Football Association (PZPN), Portuguese Football Association (FPF), Swedish Football League (SEF), contributing partners French Football League (LFP), guests Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Football Union of Russia (RFU), international experts from the Council of Europe (Adrian Dinca, chair of…
Sep 04, 2018
The latest in a long line of bilateral SLO meetings took place in the run-up to the Champions League third qualifying round fixture between Dynamo Kyiv and Slavia Prague on 14 August.
Jointly organised by the Ukrainian NGO Football Democracy and SD Europe, the meeting saw Slavia SLO Jana Kaufnerová take time out of a busy schedule for an exchange of views with fellow SLO Maxym Sholomko (FC Obolon Kyiv) and football activist and Football Democracy founder, Igor Gomonai.
Jana has supported…
Jul 26, 2018
The wonderful city of Gijón in northern Spain played host to the Football Supporters Europe (FSE) summer network meeting from July 19th to 22nd. Organised by Unión de Peñas Sportinguistas (UNIPES) and Spanish national supporters organisation FASFE, the event brought together supporters from across Europe to discuss a range of topical issues.
Kicking off two days of presentations and debate, the opening panel discussion focused on how the supporter liaison officer (SLO) and Disability Access Officer (DOA) roles can be implemented in…
Jun 28, 2018
Supporter liaison officers (SLOs) from 13 countries attended the third meeting of the European SLO network at the home of Feyenoord Rotterdam in early June. The gathering constituted a highpoint in the development of this growing representative body.
After previous meetings in Stockholm and Gelsenkirchen it was the turn of Rotterdam to do the honours this time. Representing host club Feyenoord, manager for supporters and social work Ton Strooband welcomed the following SLOs to the third meeting of the European SLO…
May 31, 2018
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…
May 30, 2018
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…
May 22, 2018
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,…