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2014/15 has been another busy year for the SLO project as various licensing bodies across Europe organised training workshops or events for their club SLOs, the UEFA SLO bilateral meetings were introduced, new translated and localised handbooks were published, initiatives with direct impact on the SLO were started, there was an effort for its better understanding by and cooperation with non-football stakeholders, its communications improved with a new UEFA electronic newsletter, a new SD Europe newsletter, the launch of the official twitter account and more.

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At the beginning of 2015 season the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) and representatives of clubs, the Norwegian Football League (NTF), the Norwegian Supporter Alliance (NSA) and the police gathered in Gardermoen for a security seminar and cooperation meeting.

“This meeting and this cooperation is unique in a European context. We have great support from the authorities at the highest level. The police and local authorities have a good cooperation with the clubs”, said NFF competition director Nils Fisketjønn. “All parties have worked well together…

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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 delivery of…

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Violence in Swedish football has been reduced by at least 20% since 2012, SEF say, and Supporter Liaison Officers (SLOs) are playing a key role in it, as “their hard work is spreading consensus among the fans”.

SEF’s moto is “Everyone is welcome and everyone should feel safe at a football stadium” and they describe SLOs as “people from the fan base who have a good knowledge of their club and its supporters and are responsible for…

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At the invitation of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), UEFA and SD Europe SLO consultant Stuart Dykes met with the BFU SLO Coordinator, Dimitar Christov, and future deputy general secretary, Pavel Kolev, on 17 June. The two sides discussed the status of the SLO project in Bulgaria, the work being undertaken and the challenges in implementing the SLO requirement. The BFU highlighted their commitment to promoting the project and organising a workshop next season and requested assistance in educating and…

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Supporters Direct (SD) Europe has been invited and will attend a conference on supporter involvement in Bulgaria (17/06), jointly organised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Sport, the Bulgarian Football Union and Sinya Bulgaria (Levski Sofia supporters’ trust).

The first session of the conference will focus on supporter ownership and involvement and the SLO project, where the European experience and the situation and potential in Bulgaria will be analysed. The second session will be a round table that will discuss how supporter…

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On the occasion of the Europa League final, UEFA and Supporters Direct (SD) Europe SLO project Coordinator Stuart Dykes together with the SLOs of Djurgårdens IF, Lena Gustafson Wiberg, and Brøndby IF, Lasse Bauer, met with the SLO coordinator of the Polish Football Asscociation (PZPN), Dariusz Lapinski, and the SLO of Legia Warsaw Mateusz Szymański. The meeting was arranged to discuss issues of common interest, such as differences and similarities in the way the SLO project is implemented in the three countries…

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As part of a series of regular educational and informative lunch meetings, the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) dedicated one session to the history of hooliganism in football. The main speaker at the event, which was attended by people from various positions within the Icelandic football family, including club SLOs, was the well-known historian, Stefán Pálsson (a football enthusiast and author of books such as the official history of Fram FC, one of the…

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In Italy, Lega Serie B met recently with representatives of Perugia FC and their supporters, to discuss how to improve their relationship through the Supporter Liaison Officer Project; and also how the project can be converted from an obligation to an opportunity for all stakeholders involved. In Italy, the appointment of an SLO is mandatory for the top 3 tiers. Since its introduction in 2012, Serie B has embraced the project, incorporating it into its organisation chart, as a resource,…

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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 they had the…

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