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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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A blend of on-site visits, discussion panels, presentations and group work saw participants in our first LIAISE workshop develop a deeper understanding of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role from in April.

Representatives from the Erasmus+ project’s 10 partners and 11 additional organisations (from 12 countries) were involved in activities over a three-day training event in Stockholm, hosted by Svensk Elitfotbol (SEF) from April 15th to 17th. (See Partners)

The workshop followed on from the project’s opening meeting in Prague in March…

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Establishing best practice around the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role will be the key objective of a three-day conference organised by SD Europe and Svensk Elitfotboll (SEF) from April 15 to 17.

LIAISE is a unique collaborative partnership that brings together supporters, football associations, football leagues, as well as stakeholders including Uefa and the EU Think Tank of Football Safety and Security Experts to drive the development of the SLO role over a two-year period. It is funded by the Erasmus+…

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Football bodies, clubs and national supporters organisations from six European countries met in Prague last week for the launch meeting of SD Europe’s latest Erasmus+ project, LIAISE.

Focusing on the development of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role, the project brings together football authorities and supporters in a unique collaborative partnership that will work together until December 31st, 2019. LIAISE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and is co-financed by Uefa.

Seven football associations and leagues, two…

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There are few better ways to learn new ideas and improve skills than exchange visits, and Swedish SLOs embarked on a three-day trip to the Netherlands in February as they finalised their preparations for the new season.
Organised by SEF, Svensk Elitfotboll, 14 supporter liaison officers from 11 different Swedish clubs took part in the exchange, a follow on from an exchange to Germany in 2016.
The SLOs had the opportunity to see their Dutch counterparts in action at SC Cambuur and…

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As part of their drive to raise supporter liaison standards in the domestic game, the Russian Football Union (RFS) invited SLOs from Ajax and Celtic to present their work at the latest RFU training event at the Otkritie Arena, the home of Spartak Moscow, in February.

More than 50 SLOs from clubs in the top three tiers attended the event along with officials from the RFS and the Russian Premier League, supporter representatives, and other experts, such as CAFE’s Jochen Kemmer,…

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