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At the invitation of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), UEFA and SD Europe SLO consultant Stuart Dykes met with the BFU SLO Coordinator, Dimitar Christov, and future deputy general secretary, Pavel Kolev, on 17 June. The two sides discussed the status of the SLO project in Bulgaria, the work being undertaken and the challenges in implementing the SLO requirement. The BFU highlighted their commitment to promoting the project and organising a workshop next season and requested assistance in educating and…

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Supporters Direct (SD) Europe has been invited and will attend a conference on supporter involvement in Bulgaria (17/06), jointly organised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Sport, the Bulgarian Football Union and Sinya Bulgaria (Levski Sofia supporters’ trust).

The first session of the conference will focus on supporter ownership and involvement and the SLO project, where the European experience and the situation and potential in Bulgaria will be analysed. The second session will be a round table that will discuss how supporter…

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On the occasion of the Europa League final, UEFA and Supporters Direct (SD) Europe SLO project Coordinator Stuart Dykes together with the SLOs of Djurgårdens IF, Lena Gustafson Wiberg, and Brøndby IF, Lasse Bauer, met with the SLO coordinator of the Polish Football Asscociation (PZPN), Dariusz Lapinski, and the SLO of Legia Warsaw Mateusz Szymański. The meeting was arranged to discuss issues of common interest, such as differences and similarities in the way the SLO project is implemented in the three countries…

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Read the original article here (in Icelandic).
As part of a series of regular educational and informative lunch meetings, the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) dedicated one session to the history of hooliganism in football. The main speaker at the event, which was attended by people from various positions within the Icelandic football family, including club SLOs, was the well-known historian, Stefán Pálsson (a football enthusiast and author of books such as the official history of Fram FC, one of the…

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In Italy, Lega Serie B met recently with representatives of Perugia FC and their supporters, to discuss how to improve their relationship through the Supporter Liaison Officer Project; and also how the project can be converted from an obligation to an opportunity for all stakeholders involved. In Italy, the appointment of an SLO is mandatory for the top 3 tiers. Since its introduction in 2012, Serie B has embraced the project, incorporating it into its organisation chart, as a resource,…

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In a previous article about the disability access officer (DAO) we underlined the importance of the role in the improvement of the holistic relationship of a club with its supporters, as disabled supporters are a different segment of the fan base with different demands and requirements that need to be understood and met.

In Germany, DAOs from 25 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs recently gathered for their annual plenary organised by the German Football League (DFL), at which they had the…

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Last week (26/03) Israeli supporters gathered for a second annual conference, jointly organised by Israfans, the national umbrella organisation for democratic supporters groups, supporters trusts and member-run clubs, Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem, Haadumim of Hapoel Tel Aviv with the aid of community social workers and Msw students of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. More than 150 supporters represented some 20 groups and clubs, including Macabi Ashdod, Hapoel Ashdod, Hapoel “Rubi” Haifa, Maccabi Haifa, Hapoel Afula, Maccabi Netanya, Hapoel Kfar Saba, Bnei…

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In December 2014, the steering committee of the Swedish SLOs met in Göteborg together with security officers and representatives of the Swedish FA and League, following an announcement by the police for the introduction of a national strategy on security issues.

All representatives expressed their concern on the effectiveness of the strategy and also the approach of the police towards security, as it suggests a seven-step action plan with the final being the stop of football matches. The main discussion focused…

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In Italy, SLO training is organised largely at league level due to the scope of the licensing requirement, which applies in the top three tiers of the Italian football pyramid. This means that this season a total of 102 clubs are required to have appointed at least one SLO. On 4 March, the second tier of the Italian game, Lega Serie B, held its inaugural training workshop for clubs at its headquarters in Milan with a broad range of topics…

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Lasse Bauer is one of two supporter liaison officers (SLOs) at Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF. In this interview he talks about the new partnership agreement between the main football stakeholders at his club, the proposed new ID card for away fans and the implementation of the SLO project in Denmark as a whole.

Your club recently entered into a partnership agreement with supporters, the city council and the police. What was the reason for that?
In the last few years we’ve…

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