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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CAP Ciudad de Murcia visited Italian partners Cava United for the SD Europe “Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football,” Erasmus+ project

The visit took place in the beginning of April a few days before the visit of Schalke 04 and Malmö FF to Cork City.

In preparation, Cava United recruited a hefty number of volunteers to accompany the guests throughout their visit and engage with them in discussions to give (and get!) a better idea of how the two clubs work….

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Uefa President Aleksander Čeferin reiterated the importance of supporters to the beautiful game, following a meeting with representative organisations in Nyon, Switzerland on April 24th.

Main image courtesy of Uefa

The meeting represented the first time Mr. Čeferin had met with supporters’ organisations since his election as President of European football’s governing body, and members of the SD Europe team were encouraged by his words of welcome. Two members of the Uefa executive committee, Michael van Praag and Peter Gilliéron, as well as representatives from…

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Cork City have had a very busy month to date in April. As well as putting together an unbeaten winning run of 10 League games (and counting!), the Leesiders welcomed Erasmus+ project partners Schalke 04, Malmö FF and a representative of CAP CDM earlier this month (between April 6th and 8th).

The visitors held a series of meetings at the club offices in Bishopstown Training Ground on the Thursday, including Operations Manager Éanna Buckley and Business Development Manager Lisa Fallon, and took time…

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Last month, on March 26th,  Supporterscollectief Nederland held their first congress at the KNVB campus in Zeist with over 100 supporters present.

The Supporterscollectief was founded in 2016 and has 38 member groups representing 30 different clubs to date.

SD Europe was invited, alongside our friends from CAFE and FSE, to present our organisation and its background and to speak about the SLO project which many of the people present showed interest in.

Most of the afternoon was used to address the potential…

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Supporters from across the League of Ireland attended an Irish Supporters Network (ISN) workshop entitled ‘Towards a Sustainable League’ at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin on March 26th.

SD Europe’s Niamh O’Mahony was in attendance as the founding members of ISN, FORAS (Cork City), Galway United Soccer Co-op, Finn Harps and the 1895 Trust led presentations and discussions on Sustainable Finance, what the SLO role can mean for the League of Ireland, why Community activities are vital and the importance of Fan Engagement.

Director of the League,…

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SD Europe was delighted to attend the recent SD Scotland supporters summit at Hampden Park.

After opening words of welcome from SD Scotland chair Morag McHaffie and Head of SD Scotland Andrew Jenkin, attendees heard from Guardian journalist David Conn, who said that there was huge potential for fan ownership and supporter involvement in Scotland.

David has spent over 20 years writing about the ‘business’ of football and the Fan Ownership movement in England and further afield.
“A club is a membership body. If you’re going…

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On March 14th FASFE organised a meeting with Bayer Leverkusen supporter liaison officer (SLO) Frank Linde in Madrid.

The meeting was co-organised by Rayo ADRV Accionistas and attended not just by supporter groups but also by clubs both from the local area and outside Madrid, evidence of the great interest in learning more about the SLO role and how it can improve the relationship between clubs and supporters and the matchday experience for all parties involved.

Frank made an introduction to the development and…

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With three rounds of their season still remaining, member-owned club US Fasano has secured promotion from 6th tier (Promozione) to 5th tier (Eccellenza) in Italy.

The club was first founded in 1964 as Associazione Sportiva Fasano, but folded in 2010 and then reformed as US Fasano in 2011.

The trust, Il Fasano Siamo Noi, was established in January 2016 and took over the club in March the same year. This is the second year in a row US Fasano has gained promotion.

SD Europe are happy to congratulate…

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