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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The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme is a vital tool in improving good governance across grassroots sport in Europe, according to SD Europe CEO Antonia Hagemann.

Antonia made her comments while speaking as part of an expert panel on the topic of Promotion of European Values through sport at the recent 2018 EU Sport Forum.

The work being done by supporters at all levels of the game in football is significant and makes a vital contribution to European values and the principles of…

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A new training tool to support member-run football clubs, national supporters organisations, stakeholders interested in good governance and members of the general public is now available online.

Delivered as part of the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project, the training tool focuses on the three themes of the project:

Good Governance
Sustainable Finance
Member and Volunteer engagement

An accompanying workbook allows each participant to evaluate their own organisation under the key headings, while gaining an understanding of the main concepts…

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German clubs have sent an “important signal” to the rest of the football world by voting to retain and strengthen the country’s 50+1 regulation, according to St. Pauli club secretary Andreas Rettig.

Clubs were expected to decide whether or not to discuss German football’s much vaunted 50+1 rule during a meeting at the DFL on Thursday. However, a resolution from second division side St. Pauli – to retain the regulation outright – received backing from 18 of 34 clubs.
Speaking afterwards, Rettig…

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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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“Inspiring, a priceless experience, lasting cooperation”

These are just some of the words used to describe SD Europe’s Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football (CSBGiF) project, as it formally came to end earlier this week with the submission of a final report to the European Commission.

Bringing together member-run football clubs and national supporters organisation in a unique collaborative partnership for the first time, an independent evaluation of the work by research partners substance has shown the outputs and outcomes of…

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The 50+1 rule is the beating heart of football, according to the chair of the one of the biggest supporters organisations in Europe. Given the discussions currently going on there, it would be easy to assume it’s a German supporters group we’re thinking of but that’s incorrect.

Representing 26 football clubs, 48 fan organisations and over 50,000 individual supporters, the Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen (SFSU) is seen as a key stakeholder in Swedish football by the football authorities and supporters, and successfully campaigned…

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SD Europe is delighted to announce that preparations for our new Erasmus+ project have kicked off and will bring together supporters, football associations, leagues and other stakeholders for the first time in Prague next month.

LIAISE stands for Liaison-based Integrated Approach to Improving Supporter Engagement and will further improve the positive impact of supporter liaison officers (SLOs) in partner countries and beyond.

Football associations and leagues will work alongside supporter organisations, other relevant football authorities from across Europe and Uefa to highlight…

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