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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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“Toulon Europe Supporters” took place on September 23rd in Toulon, France

Among the participants were members of Mouvement Azur et Or, organised and individual supporters of SC Toulon, representatives of the city, representatives of the French national supporters’ organisation “Association Nationale des Supporters (ANS)”, sociologist Nicolas Hourcade, CAFE partners Handifan Club and SD Europe.

The meeting was initially planned as a conference, but quickly turned into a round table discussion after the presentation of SD Europe on its European network of national and local…

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Hosted by ‘Orgoglio Pratese’, the 4th Supporters in Campo AGM took place in September, as Italian network members met to discuss their ideas, best practices and challenges.

The event was kicked off by the Supporters in Campo five-member board who gave an overview of the activities at national level before passing to the floor to each group in order for them to give an update on developments at local level. The discussion was a great opportunity for participants to capture ideas…

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The growing number of community-owned football clubs in the Republic of Ireland is set to grow further next season following news that Wexford FC’s new supporters trust is to take ownership of the club.

Currently plying their trade in the First Division (second tier), Wexford FC joined the League of Ireland as Wexford Youths in 2007 and are famous in Ireland and beyond for their distinctive pink and black club colours.

Speaking at the launch of the Wexford supporters trust last week…

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The Tel Aviv District Court has ruled that the Israeli Football Association must compel football clubs to publish financial statements.

On Monday, September 11th, the Tel Aviv District Court, under the authority of the Honorable Judge Einat Ravid, obliged the Israeli FA to comply with its ruling and require football clubs to operate in transparency. In effect, the decision means clubs will be required to publish their financial statements including full information, audit reports and more, on an annual basis.

The ruling…

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Over 40 supporters of more than twenty clubs from the two top divisions gathered in Amsterdam on Sunday, September 3rd.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss current topics around Dutch football such as transportation and ticket prices for away fans as well as how the message of positive supporter initiatives can be spread.

In the Eredivisie, the Dutch top division, 80% of the matches have some restrictions in travelling for away fans. The regulations are very complex and…

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In July Supporters in Campo, together with FASFE and SFSU, joined the Fútbol Popular meeting in Getafe.

Time for FASFE to pay the visit back has come as the Spanish national organisation for democratic supporters’ groups and member-run clubs will attend the Supporters in Campo Annual General Meeting in Prato the coming weekend (16 and 17 September).

FASFE representatives will have the opportunity to participate in a round table discussion with the Italian groups on challenges and best practices of structured supporter…

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With a number of clubs in Scotland moving firmly towards community ownership in recent years, SD Scotland this week launched a new online survey to explore how the movement could be better supported financially.

One of the biggest barriers that often prevents supporters from taking outright control of – or a shareholding within – their football club is funding, and the survey is the initial step in exploring whether a social investment fund offering low-interest capital to supporters trusts could be…

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Supported by Uefa’s HatTrick IV programme, the kick-off event of the Bulgarian Football Union’s (BFU) fan dialogue project took place in Sofia on August 23, and will look into how the supporter liaison officer role can help improve dialogue with supporters.

Fan Dialogue: 2020 and Beyond is a new project jointly developed by the (BFU) and SD Europe, and aims to raise awareness about the importance of fan dialogue. The project, which has qualified for funding under Uefa’s HatTrick IV programme,…

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