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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.

2013SD 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.

2012SD 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.

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