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The supervisory board of fourth-tier German club FC Saarbrücken has given the go-ahead for the creation of a new Fan- und Förderabteilung (Supporter & Development Department) to provide a mechanism for developing a work network between the various club committees and departments, members and supporters. It will also serve as an additional channel of communication and consultation between supporters and senior club officials.

The SDD is the brainchild of Florian Kern, the newly appointed spokesperson and…

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A total of 65 supporter liaison officers (SLOs) from the 36 clubs in Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 came together at the beginning of December for their annual winter plenary meeting, organised in cooperation with the German Football League (DFL). The various workshops focused on enhancing the experience of supporters travelling to away matches, pro-action and the fight against right wing extremism in the stands, and improving the sharing of good practice in fan work through…

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SSV Ulm 1846 against SSV Reutlingen. A classic south German derby. No matter which division the clubs are in, this matchup holds a unique allure for fans, players and officials alike. It was no different on 8 November, when the two sides met in the Oberliga Baden Wuerttemberg, currently the fifth tier of the German football league system. It had been almost exactly three years to the day since their last encounter…

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Djurgården’s opening match of the 2014 Allsvenskan season, in the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg, was abandoned after a fan died from injuries sustained in an assault before the game. This tragedy highlighted the fact that Swedish football has a responsibility to act on the issue of football-related disorder. Under circumstances surrounding similar high-profile tragedies, there have been pressures to advocate measures that are punitive and repressive.

This unfortunate incident gave birth to ENABLE, a research project that aims to create…

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The Football League, the governing body that oversees the Championship, League One and League Two competitions for clubs in England and Wales, hosted their latest SLO training workshop at Birmingham City Football Club on 11 November. The workshop was attended by some 40 of the 72 clubs falling under the Football League’s jurisdiction. SD Europe and UEFA SLO project Coordinator Stuart Dykes was invited to present on the theory behind the SLO role along with the SLO of Swedish club AIK,…

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In early October the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) organised a round table on the matchday activities of the supporter liaison officer (SLO). The event was attended by a representative of the BFU Executive Committee, the BFU Deputy Executive Director, various BFU officials and representatives of the police as well as club SLOs, various supporters club representatives and the chairman of the Bulgarian Supporters Association.

The SLO coordinator of the BFU, Dimitar Christov, kicked off the discussion with a presentation on the…

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Crawley Town FC disabled football supporters attended an event organised by the club and shared their ideas on how the ground’s facilities could be improved. The Crawley Town Disabled Supporters’ Association launch event was also attended by the club’s CEO Michael Dunford, manager John Gregory and representatives of the players.

The Association was set up in cooperation with the club’s SLO, Barb Robinson, and one of the founding members is the Deputy Mayor of Crawley, Chris Chesire,…

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On 18 November the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) organised a seminar for supporter liaison officers (SLOs) at the Bakcell Arena in Baku. It was the first training event for club SLOs in Azerbaijan and was attended by representatives of AFFA and the Professional Football League, club SLOs and security officers, representatives of supporter groups, and SD Europe and UEFA SLO project Coordinator Stuart Dykes, who gave a series of presentations on the…

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Almost all supporters of U.S. Ancona 1905 do not possess a tessera del tifoso (fan card), which is required for Italian supporters to attend away matches without any special conditions when it comes to ticketing, travel and other conditions. However, last Sunday (16 November) saw supporters of Ancona allowed to follow their team to SPAL without any conditions imposed – thanks to the friendship between supporters of the two Lega Pro clubs, and fundraising initiatives launched by supporters in order to help…

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The Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB) and the Pro League recently held a constructive strategy meeting on the development of the SLO project with SD Europe and UEFA SLO project coordinator Stuart Dykes. The two governing bodies are working together to roll out the SLO project this season, with the Pro League assuming responsibility for managing the training of SLOs and the dissemination of all relevant documents and toolkits.

A day later, the KBVB welcomed Noel Mooney (UEFA Marketing Manager), Stuart…

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