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SD Europe and UEFA SLO project Coordinator Stuart Dykes, attended the workshop held by the Hungarian Olympic Association.

In the last week of September the Hungarian Olympic Association organised a workshop on the subject of dialogue with supporters. At the workshop, which was led by the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) and attended by the national associations of basketball, ice hockey, handball and water polo (approx. 50 delegates in total), SD Europe SLO consultant and UEFA SLO project coordinator Stuart Dykes gave…

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UEFA’s recent Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play workshop in Dublin highlighted the positive impact of UEFA’s measures to safeguard club football’s financial stability.

The annual event brings together all 54 UEFA member associations, and this year some 140 participants attended the two-and-a-half-day event which was opened by the CEO of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), John Delaney. The welcome speech was followed by a keynote address from the chairman of the UEFA Club Licensing Committee, David Gill, who stressed…

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In England, League 1 (third tier) club Doncaster Rovers recently announced that they have appointed a third SLO, saying “the project has been of great benefit to Doncaster Rovers but also the teams they faced last season”.

Dean Parker, the newest ‘signing’ of the Doncaster Rovers SLO volunteer team, has been a Rovers supporter and season ticket holder for over 20 years, attending almost every match, and was selected for his good communication skills and passion for the club. Along with…

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Having started as a pilot project in 2013/14, UEFA club SLO bilateral meetings aim to promote cooperation and exchange of good practice between the football governing bodies and SLOs of different countries.

The first bilateral meeting took place in Cyprus last October, when Phivos Constantinides, SLO coordinator of the Cyprus Football Association, organised a meeting between local SLOs and Marc Francis, lead SLO at Eintracht Frankfurt. Marc talked about his day-to-day duties and his activities before, during and after matches. He…

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Read the original document in German here
The structure of the organised game in Germany resembles a pyramid. At the top is the national team. It is carried by more than 6.8 million members, male and female players of all ages in 165,000 teams at 25,500 clubs and a host of volunteers – the core of the German Football Association (DFB).

To reflect this diversity, the DFB has produced a comprehensive 250-page guide, DFB From A to Z, which looks at key…

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To further expand the reach of the UEFA Supporter Liaison Officer project, to acquaint more supporters with the project, and to share knowledge and good practices around Europe with national associations, clubs, supporters, SLOs and other interested stakeholders, SD Europe will be managing the social media related to the SLO.

You can now follow SLO news on Twitter (the official account of the SD Europe SLO team, tweeting news and insights relating to supporter liaison), while over the coming weeks the YouTube…

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Read the original announcement here (in Portuguese)
Juventude Leonina, Directivo Ultras XXI, Torcida Verde and Brigada Ultras, the four organised fan groups at Sporting Clube de Portugal, visited the first team during training to pass on their full support and confidence for the new season.

Also present at the meeting, which was organised by the club, were Bruno de Carvalho, President of Sporting, Augusto Inácio, Director of professional football, and André Geraldes, Sporting’s SLO.

Though the licensing requirement applies only to teams requesting…

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Austrian Bundesliga SLO coordinator Alex Schwärzler demonstrated extraordinary organisational skills in putting together an SLO workshop on the afternoon before the Champions League qualifier between FC Salzburg and Malmö FF at very short notice.

SLOs and security officers from 10 Austrian clubs gathered to hear Malmö SLO Pierre Nordberg talk about his club’s approach to supporter liaison and security issues. Other presentations were given on the subject of existing and future challenges to supporter dialogue in Germany, the potential personalisation of…

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The format for UEFA club SLO bilateral meetings can range from very informal get-togethers to fully fledged workshops. An example of the former took place on 18 August in Denmark, when fans hoping to become members of the new expanded SLO team of Brondby IF met two of the four Bayer Leverkusen SLOs, who were in town for their club’s Champions League qualifier at FC Copenhagen. The meeting took place in a bistro on the evening before the game and…

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Read the original article of DFB here (in German)
The 2014/15 summer meeting of the prevention and security stakeholders was attended by some 50 representatives of third division clubs. For the first time, violence prevention featured in a workshop with three scenarios, in which security officers worked with SLOs to come up with practical solutions to matchday problems. The participants came to the conclusion that careful preparation in the run-up and joint action on the day of the game are two…

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