Dec 22, 2017
SD Europe joined forces with Uefa recently to stage the second pan-European workshop for SLO coordinators working at national associations and leagues.
Main image credit: Uefa / GEPA pictures & Philipp Brem
The event took place in Vienna on 29/30 November with the support of the Austrian Bundesliga and was attended by representatives of football governing bodies from across the continent as well as other key stakeholders such as the Council of Europe.
Supporter liaison officers (SLOs) act as a bridge between clubs and…
Dec 21, 2017
Italian supporters organisation Supporters in Campo is a leading example of cooperation and participation for all supporters. Over the past decades, there have been many attempts to unite supporters groups in Italy. Though successful in the short term, the outcomes of these attempts appear to be fading and short-lasting.
SD Europe celebrates 10 Years in 2017. To mark this milestone, we are recalling some of the stories, successes and challenges from across the SDE network. Read about FORAS and Cork City FC (Ireland), the movement…
Dec 19, 2017
Known across the world as one of Europe’s original footballing nations, Belgium and Belgian football has had a much tougher time of it in recent decades. Nowhere is overseas ownership of football clubs a hotter topic at present, at least in western Europe, and the concern over locally owned, poorly governed clubs isn’t too far behind as a going issue.
SD Europe celebrates 10 Years in 2017. To mark this milestone, we are recalling some of the stories, successes and challenges…
Dec 18, 2017
Polish supporters have started exploring ways to achieve increased involvement in the decision-making process in order to improve the way their football clubs are run in recent years.
Formed in 2015 (officially in April 2016) and based in Warsaw, AKS Zly is the “alternative” democratic member-run club in Poland. The motivation behind the initiative was the way Polish football is run, dominated by benefactors and sponsors, with the majority of decision makers being male and white.
SD Europe celebrates 10 Years in…
Dec 14, 2017
2017 will be remembered in the city of Cork for many years to come, a historical league and FAI cup double celebration capping off a record-breaking year in the League of Ireland for its supporter-owned football club.
SD Europe celebrates 10 Years in 2017. To mark this milestone, we are recalling some of the stories, successes and challenges from across the SDE network that has made this movement so dynamic and meaningful. We start with FORAS, but many more will follow…
Dec 08, 2017
At the suggestion of SD Europe, the French Football League (LFP) organised a very successful 90-minute bilateral SLO meeting in Paris ahead of the Champions League group game between PSG and Celtic on November 22nd.
Around 40 attendees, including SLOs and safety officers from 15 clubs (nine first division and six second division), plus representatives of the LFP, the French Football Federation (FFF), ANS (Association Nationale des Supporters), PSG supporters, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Sport, heard…
Dec 05, 2017
The home of Irish football, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, played host to the second-ever SD Europe Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, November 18th.
Members and friends representing nearly 40 different organisations and 15 countries came together just over one year on from the establishment of SD Europe as an independent, pan-European organisation in its own right in the Autumn of 2016.
An Irish welcome
Chair Diego Riva opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to the Aviva Stadium and thanking the Football Association…
Dec 04, 2017
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 BFU, as part of…
Nov 28, 2017
Partners from SD Europe’s Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project gathered once again in Dublin recently (November 18th and 19th).
Running from January 2016 until the end of next month (December 2017), the project brings together six member-run clubs and five national supporters organisations to focus on themes of Good Governance, Sustainable Finance and Member & Volunteer Engagement.
The workshop in Dublin gave everyone involved an opportunity to highlight the key activities that have made a positive impact on their…
Nov 16, 2017
Ten years ago, back in 2007, SD Europe set out on a journey around the continent to bring together supporters interested in fighting for a common cause.
In response to financial struggles at clubs at all levels of the game, supporters were determined to become involved in decision-making processes and to be recognised as important stakeholders within football.
By then, like-minded supporter organisations had already formed at national and local level – from Brian Lomax’s Northampton Town and Supporters Direct in the…