The penultimate exchange visit of SD Europe’s Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project took place recently in Gelsenkirchen as Cork City FC visited FC Schalke 04.

The project has brought together six member-run clubs and five national supporters organisations from around Europe to learn and share best practice in the areas of good governance, sustainable finance and member & volunteer engagement. The work is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme and Uefa.

Representatives of FC Schalke 04 travelled to Cork earlier…

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SD Europe were very proud to deliver two presentations at this year’s UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play workshop, which took place in Montenegro on 11-13 October.

Hosted by the Football Association of Montenegro (FSGC), the workshop was attended by representatives from UEFA, its 55 member associations, and guests from FIFA and the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL confederations.

Under Article 35 of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, clubs applying for a licence to compete in one of…

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A representative of SD Europe recently took part in a monitoring visit to Kyiv on 9-10 October 2017 organised by the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence on the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage match between Ukraine and Croatia.

The purpose of the visit was to support the Ukrainian authorities in the process of ratifying the new Council of Europe Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events…

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As the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project draws into its final months, FC United of Manchester will welcome Erasmus+ partners C.A.P. Ciudad de Murcia and Cava United to Broadhurst Park this weekend.

All project partners travelled to Manchester last summer when FC United hosted the project’s Good Governance workshop over a three-day period, and CAP CDM and Cava United will now return once more and experience the FCUM life.

The visit will see both clubs with a further opportunity…

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The session was part of the 1st National Football Policing Training Seminar under Sub-project 5 of the Coe/EU joint Erasmus+ ProS4+ project

The aim of this training was to promote the standards enshrined under the Council of Europe new Convention on safety and security at sports events (CETS 218), the adoption of an integrated approach to safety, security and service in connection with football matches, and provide training to key policing football decision makers and practitioners.

The training focused on: i) the…

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Kicking off a series of bilateral meetings planned for the coming months, the Spanish Football Association (Real Federación Española de Fútbol) took the opportunity to arrange a discussion around the SLO function ahead of the recent Europe League match between Villarreal and Slavia Prague in Spain.

Representatives from Villareal CF, Valencia CF, RFEF, SK Slavia Prag and SD Europe took part. Good discussions on implementation and the role in general were had with lots of useful and practical knowledge exchanged.

“I think it…

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Newly crowned SSE Airtricity League champions Cork City FC will visit project partners Schalke 04 this coming weekend, as the Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project exchange visits continue.

The project is a two-year collaborative partnership co-ordinated by SD Europe and co-financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme and UEFA.

Comprising of six member-run clubs and five national supporters organisations from across Europe, partners have focused learning on three themes: good governance, sustainable finance and membership & volunteer engagement,…

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The national football supporters team of Bulgaria won 6-1 against French counterparts, in the friendly Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) hosted under their ‘Fan Dialogue: 2020 and beyond’ project

The fan friendly was held on October 7, before the World Cup 2018 qualification between Bulgaria and France, at the pitch of the National Sports Academy in Sofia. Both teams know each other very well since they both participate at a European supporters championship.

Apart from the BFU website, the game report was also…

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A representative of SD Europe recently took part in the annual Pan-European Football Policing Training Project (PE-FPTP) event, delivered under the auspices of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) in cooperation with the Bulgarian CEPOL National Unit, the EU Thank Tank on Football Security and Liverpool University.  The event was held in mid-September in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was attended by police representatives with responsibility for football policing from a host of European countries.

SD Europe were invited to…

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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 supporter organisations such as SD Europe a great…

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