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SD Europe’s SLO coordinator, Stuart Dykes, spoke to the 50 or so delegates in attendance about the SLO work in Sweden set against the European context.

Other presentations were given by representatives of the Stockholm police, two Djurgården SLOs (on behalf of all three alliance clubs), and the City of Stockholm. Delegates also heard about the ticketing policy in place at Hammarby and the ENABLE project, which seeks to identify, share and develop good practice in the management of the safety…

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The SLO role has been a personnel requirement under the licensing regulations of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) ever since it become mandatory under UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations at the start of the 2012/13 season.
From this time the KNVB has intensified its efforts to help clubs and supporters to understand and embrace the value of the project.
More than ten SLO meetings have been organised in the last three years, some alongside safety and security meetings,…

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SD Europe has been granted the observer status on the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence (TR-V) with effect from 16 January 2016 and for a renewable period of three years in accordance with the Standing Committee Rules of Procedure.

The Standing Committee is the body in charge of monitoring the application of the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events. The main mission of the Standing Committee is to make sure the state parties…

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Under the regulations of the German Football League (DFL) every Bundesliga club is required to employ at least two full-time SLOs.

Elsewhere, SLOs are deployed by clubs down to the fourth tier and beyond. Together, the German Football Association (DFB) and the DFL also fund more than 50 socio-pedagogical fan projects, having substantially increased the budget two years ago. The number of violent incidents in German football has been falling for many years. There is still room for improvement, however, especially…

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Serie B (the 2nd tier of the Italian football pyramid) believe that clubs need to continue improving the dialogue with supporters, the lifeblood of the game, and recommend that they should see the SLO project not as an obligation but as a landmark achievement, an investment and a resource. For this reason, Serie B have launched an SLO training programme that aims to help clubs better understand and attend to the needs of their supporters.
Last week, at the invitation of…

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Following a recent SLO workshop in Sweden, the Swedish Football League (SEF) ran a piece on its website that included an interview with of SD Europe/UEFA SLO Coordinator Stuart Dykes.

We are happy to reproduce a translation of the piece here.

The Swedish Football League (SEF) held their annual SLO workshop in the second week of November (14.11.2015) with the participation of SD Europe/UEFA SLO Coordinator Stuart Dykes. The workshop took place in Solna and was attended by the SEF and eighteen club…

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When Fenerbahce hosted Celtic FC for the final match of the UEFA Europa League group stage, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) took the opportunity to organise a bilateral SLO meeting between the Turkish clubs and the SLO of Celtic FC. Also invited to participate were Loukas Anastasiadis of SD Europe and Stefan Schatz, fan project worker and former SLO of FC St. Pauli, who travelled to Istanbul to see the match together with the supporters of Celtic.

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The third match day of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage saw the Belgian Football Association (RBFA) host Jonathan Waite, SLO at Tottenham Hotspur, Belgian SLOs and representatives of the RBFA and also supporters’ organisations.

Stijn Van Bever (co-worker Pro League) and Ertan Elibol (co-worker Security dept. KBVB) welcomed the participants before Erik Reynaerts (Supporter Liaison Officer RBFA) kicked off what developed in a very interesting discussion. Jonathan was next up, explaining what he does at Tottenham, how he interacts with…

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The Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) project was a topic of discussion at two major UEFA events in September, when SD Europe SLO consultant Stuart Dykes attended both the UEFA-EU Stadium and Security Conference in Warsaw and the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play workshop in Dubrovnik.

Addressing the security conference in the Polish capital, UEFA vice-president Michael Van Praag underlined UEFA’s readiness for dialogue with supporter organisations as well as its support for initiatives from clubs and supporters across Europe…

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Ton Strooband, head of Feyenoord’s Social Responsibility department spoke about the club’s work on the SLO project and how it offers to the supporters more than just a positive matchday experience but a holistic feeling of belonging and identification. He also explains the importance of having a SLO department with three acting SLOs and highlights the benefits of organisational and decision-making balance.

How does the SLO project function in Feyenoord?
Our Supporter Liaison Officer department sits within our Social Responsibility department, as we consider SLOs as people that are there to…

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