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As part of their drive to raise supporter liaison standards in the domestic game, the Russian Football Union (RFS) invited SLOs from Ajax and Celtic to present their work at the latest RFU training event at the Otkritie Arena, the home of Spartak Moscow, in February.

More than 50 SLOs from clubs in the top three tiers attended the event along with officials from the RFS and the Russian Premier League, supporter representatives, and other experts, such as CAFE’s Jochen Kemmer,…

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SD Europe is delighted to announce that preparations for our new Erasmus+ project have kicked off and will bring together supporters, football associations, leagues and other stakeholders for the first time in Prague next month.

LIAISE stands for Liaison-based Integrated Approach to Improving Supporter Engagement and will further improve the positive impact of supporter liaison officers (SLOs) in partner countries and beyond.

Football associations and leagues will work alongside supporter organisations, other relevant football authorities from across Europe and Uefa to highlight…

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SD Europe joined forces with Uefa recently to stage the second pan-European workshop for SLO coordinators working at national associations and leagues.

Main image credit: Uefa / GEPA pictures & Philipp Brem

The event took place in Vienna on 29/30 November with the support of the Austrian Bundesliga and was attended by representatives of football governing bodies from across the continent as well as other key stakeholders such as the Council of Europe.

Supporter liaison officers (SLOs) act as a bridge between clubs and…

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At the suggestion of SD Europe, the French Football League (LFP) organised a very successful 90-minute bilateral SLO meeting in Paris ahead of the Champions League group game between PSG and Celtic on November 22nd.

Around 40 attendees, including SLOs and safety officers from 15 clubs (nine first division and six second division), plus representatives of the LFP, the French Football Federation (FFF), ANS (Association Nationale des Supporters), PSG supporters, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Sport, heard…

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The Association of Bulgarian Fan Clubs of Foreign Teams in Bulgaria has held a football tournament in Sofia to support local deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents.

The event – the eighth tournament hosted by the Association – was held in partnership with the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) as well as Sport Sofia 2000 EAD, Sofia Municipality, VTA Security Service and the Comet Children’s Football Academy. It received organisational and financial support from the BFU, as part of…

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Partners from SD Europe’s Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football project gathered once again in Dublin recently (November 18th and 19th).

Running from January 2016 until the end of next month (December 2017), the project brings together six member-run clubs and five national supporters organisations to focus on themes of Good Governance, Sustainable Finance and Member & Volunteer Engagement.

The workshop in Dublin gave everyone involved an opportunity to highlight the key activities that have made a positive impact on their…

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SD Europe were very proud to deliver two presentations at this year’s UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play workshop, which took place in Montenegro on 11-13 October.

Hosted by the Football Association of Montenegro (FSGC), the workshop was attended by representatives from UEFA, its 55 member associations, and guests from FIFA and the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL confederations.

Under Article 35 of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, clubs applying for a licence to compete in one of…

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A representative of SD Europe recently took part in a monitoring visit to Kyiv on 9-10 October 2017 organised by the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence on the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage match between Ukraine and Croatia.

The purpose of the visit was to support the Ukrainian authorities in the process of ratifying the new Council of Europe Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events…

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The session was part of the 1st National Football Policing Training Seminar under Sub-project 5 of the Coe/EU joint Erasmus+ ProS4+ project

The aim of this training was to promote the standards enshrined under the Council of Europe new Convention on safety and security at sports events (CETS 218), the adoption of an integrated approach to safety, security and service in connection with football matches, and provide training to key policing football decision makers and practitioners.

The training focused on: i) the…

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Kicking off a series of bilateral meetings planned for the coming months, the Spanish Football Association (Real Federación Española de Fútbol) took the opportunity to arrange a discussion around the SLO function ahead of the recent Europe League match between Villarreal and Slavia Prague in Spain.

Representatives from Villareal CF, Valencia CF, RFEF, SK Slavia Prag and SD Europe took part. Good discussions on implementation and the role in general were had with lots of useful and practical knowledge exchanged.

“I think it…

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