The 2017 Supporters Direct / Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) supporters summit took place at St. George’s Park, near Burton upon Trent last weekend (July 1st/2nd).

Fan-owned clubs and supporters trusts from across England, Wales, Scotland and further afield gathered at the home of English football for a day of discussion, followed by the respective AGMs of Supporters Direct and FSF.

The Opening Plenary featured representatives from three different supporters trusts in a session entitled ‘Clubs in Crisis’. Mat Roper and Adam Michaelson…

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On May 24th, this year’s Europa League final was played in Stockholm between AFC Ajax and Manchester United.

In total six SLOs from the three Stockholm clubs (AIK, Djurgården and Hammarby) were on duty in order to advise colleagues from the two finalists as well as visiting fans. The focus for the SLO support team was on service, logistics and providing local knowledge.

“This was the first time a team of local SLOs was deployed at a major European final. It is…

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The home of one of the biggest members-run clubs in the Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04, hosted our ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’ project’s third workshop recently (June 16 – 18).

Participants from 18 different countries and 38 organisations were present in Gelsenkirchen, and heard a variety of presentations, discussions and contributions from across Europe, the US and Africa. The feedback from everyone in attendance was extremely positive, and the key learnings will form part of the project’s online…

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Eleven SLOs were represented at the meeting, and the network has grown by 40%

The SLOs who attended the second club SLO European network meeting at the VELTINS Arena in Gelsenkirchen were as follows:

Adrian Gruenig (FC Basel, Switzerland), Beverley Mayer (St. Johnstone, Scotland), Andrey Kyuchukov (Dunav Russe, Bulgaria), Kiriakos Giantsidis (PAOK, Greece), Lasse Bauer (Brøndby, Denmark), Maurice Dumas (Feyenoord, Netherlands), Riccardo Bertolin (Roma, Italy), Thomas Kirschner (Schalke 04), Nuno Ribeiro (Boavista, Portugal), Thomas Carnogursky (Slovan Liberec, Czech Republic) and Jonathan Waite…

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The event will build further on the previous two workshops, on Governance and Finance, as well as the 16 exchange visits between the partners. The initiative is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and Uefa.

The third workshop of SD Europe’s Erasmus+ project will be take place this weekend (16-18/6) at the stadium of Schalke 04, one of the biggest member-run clubs in the world, and in Germany, the country most suitable to welcome an event on members…

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At their match at home against Shamrock Rovers last Friday (26th), Cork City FC highlighted the YourMentalHealth.ie #LittleThings campaign.

Part of their involvement included distributing as many Green Ribbons amongst supporters as possible. Wearing the Green Ribbon is meant to help spark a conversation about mental health, and it could encourage others to reach out, feel less alone, and to seek support.

The month-long national campaign includes among other things the distribution of more than 500,000 green ribbons free of charge. At Turner’s Cross, over…

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As part of SD Europe’s Erasmus+ project ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’ Supporters in Campo from Italy will visit Sweden to take part in the Summer meeting held by SFSU in Malmö 10-11 of June.

Over the 2 days topics as ‘Positive Supporters Initiatives’,  ‘Democracy in football’,  ‘Development in Sweden’, ‘Democracy and membership governance in Italy’ and more will be discussed.

Sofia Bohlin

Sofia Bohlin, Chairperson of SFSU says: “Our annual summer meeting is a great…

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SD Europe was invited and presented at the ‘Strategies that work’ seminar of the Ukrainian PFL

Among the some 60 people that attended the seminar were representatives of the Ukrainian Premier League and the PFL, representatives of supporters’ groups, local businessmen, experts in marketing and communications and journalists.

The participants had the opportunity to hear Sergei Makarov (president of the PFL), Anna Radko (marketing director of the organisation ‘Standard’), Andrey Burlakov (media director of FC Shaktar), Evgeny Dontsov (president of ‘Standard’) and SD Europe’s Loukas Anastasiadis presenting on the topics of…

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Austrian SLOs have been involved in a number of positive initiatives recently. Earlier this month, for example, the Austrian Bundesliga introduced maximum ticket prices for away sections at matches in the Tipico Bundesliga and the second-tier Sky Go Erste Liga. The maximum prices will take effect from the beginning of the 2017-18 season. This was a key issue for fans and the SLOs of the Austrian clubs lobbied strongly for the introduction of the new regulation.

All 20 clubs in the…

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Earlier this year, the Finnish FA, together with Finnish police authorities, held their 17th annual Safety and Security seminar. The event was held for first time on the sea, cruising the Helsinki-Stockholm route and back. Juha Karjalainen, Security Officer at the FA, felt the facilities for the 180 participants were absolutely first class.

According to official participant feedback, the most interesting sessions were those from Kenny Scott, Uefa’s Safety and Security Adviser, as well as a two-hour session about the SLO function which was…

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