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SD Europe is delighted to confirm that Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has formally become a contributing organisation to our LIAISE project.

LIAISE is unique Erasmus+ collaborative partnership that has brought together a range of stakeholders to focus on the development of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role in Europe for the first time. These stakeholders include supporters organisations, football associations, football leagues, Uefa and the European Think Tank of Football Safety and Security Experts.

An amendment to the French sports act…

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Earlier this week (Tuesday, September 25), we celebrated Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem’s (HKJ) victory in the Toto Cup, a competition for national league clubs in Israel.

The win was a truly historic occasion and achievement because it was the first time a club owned by supporters has claimed a professional title in the country.

Image credit: Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem media team

Although the Toto Cup is held for clubs in the second division of Israeli football, the atmosphere in the stands on the night…

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SD Europe is happy to confirm that our 2018 Annual General Meeting will take place on December 1st in Huelva, Spain.
A big thank you to our members from the Recreativo supporters trust and Fasfe for hosting not just the AGM but a weekend of workshops and other activities just a few weeks before Christmas!

The weekend will see the members of SD Europe and its wider network gather together 12 months on from a similar event in Dublin, affording attendees the time to…

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At a hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, September 4th, FIFPro, Fifa, the Premier League, European Commission, ECA and SD Europe discussed the growing gap between the big and small football clubs across Europe.

Under the banner, Towards a Fair Football Competition in Europe, MEPs Paul Tang, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells and Bogdan Wenta hosted a panel discussion focusing on how European institutions can help to improve the competitive balance in European football.

Fifa talked the audience through the current developments…

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The coming Serie D season is expected to be one of the most competitive and exciting Italian football has seen in recent years. Former Serie A clubs including Bari, Modena, Cesena and Reggio Audace will mix with names such as Calcio Avellino, and there is a successful story of a different kind amongst them – namingly, U.S. Città di Fasano.

Fasano, a town that is part of Brindisi in southern Italy, has always had a proud tradition of playing the beautiful…

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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…

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From Norway to Cyprus, and Israel to Ireland, SD Europe’s network touches 38 countries in Europe alone and beyond. To highlight and celebrate our growing network, this week sees the kick off of a new social media campaign, highlighting the supporters groups, member-run clubs, and supporter liaison officers (SLOs) that make up our organisation.

Supporters should be at the heart of football today. In working to ensure their voice is heard within the decision-making processes of clubs, leagues, member associations and…

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Cypriot member-run club ‘People’s Club Omonia 1948’ held its inaugural AGM in July, an event that was attended by SD Europe.

The members of PAC Omonia 1948 approved the founding statutes and interim board  before unanimously asking for their club to immediately have a strong social and community focus, alongside sporting success.

PAC Omonia 1948 was officially recognised by the civil court a few days later and the newly-founded member-run club will start its journey in the 4th tier of Cypriot football.

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The ancient Roman ruins scattered around the Catalan city of Tarragona provided a spectacular backdrop to the fifth meeting of Spain’s Fútbol Popular movement at the end of July (27-29).

Hosted by FC Tarraco, fan-owned clubs from across the country gathered for debate, knowledge sharing and discussion and, of course, an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on what has been an incredible season for many of the organisations involved. (Read our 2017/18 season review.)

Kicking off the weekend at the home…

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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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