Last week, SD Europe met with UEFA in Nyon as part of the ongoing dialogue between the two sides. The event was attended by senior representatives from UEFA, led by First Vice President Karl-Erik Nilsson, Vice President Michele Uva and General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis and by the three European supporters organisations SD Europe, Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE). All three supporters’ groups shared concerns and views on
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 B
In early September SD Europe attended the UEFA-EU Stadium and Security Conference in Munich at the invitation of UEFA. The event takes place at the start of each new club competition season and brings together national association security officers, stadium safety managers, club safety officers and police representatives from all European clubs that have qualified for the next season of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. The UEFA/EU security conference offers s
January was a busy month for the Andorran Football Federation (FAF) licensing department, who organised two meetings for the clubs applying for a UEFA license. The meetings aimed to provide the applicant clubs with documents necessary for implementing the SLO project (duties, responsibilities and resources designed to help SLOs when dealing with supporters) as well as introduce the role of the disability access officer (DAO) and the resources produced by our partners at the C
The UEFA Executive Committee approved the 2015–18 UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations at its recent meeting in Prague. One requirement of the updated regulations, which are effective from 1 July 2015, is for clubs to have a nominated disability access officer (DAO). According to the regulations the DAO will be a club appointee and help clubs to meet the needs and demands of disabled supporters, who are often excluded and not taken into account in the deliv
In a previous article about the disability access officer (DAO) we underlined the importance of the role in the improvement of the holistic relationship of a club with its supporters, as disabled supporters are a different segment of the fan base with different demands and requirements that need to be understood and met. In Germany, DAOs from 25 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs recently gathered for their annual plenary organised by the German Football League (DFL), at which
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