Cava United Football Club, the first Italian team to be wholly owned and managed by its supporters, and partners in the ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’ project, secured promotion to Italy’s Seconda Categoria on Saturday. Fittingly, it came with a 2-0 victory at home to Don Bosco 200.

As the club’s report alludes to, this was a journey that began after last season’s play-off defeat:

“Our victory began on the evening of June 21st when, after the lost play-off final match,…

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In mid-March SD Europe were invited to speak at the annual security seminar organised by the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) and the Norwegian Football League (NTF) in conjunction with the Norwegian police.

The event was attended by security officers and SLOs from clubs in the top two Norwegian divisions plus the attached police officers. Representatives of the Norwegian Supporters Alliance (NSA) were also present.

SD Europe’s SLO project consultant Stuart Dykes gave a brief introduction to the SLO project at the start…

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Around 50 safety officers and SLOs from clubs in the top two Ukrainian leagues gathered recently for a security seminar in Kyiv organised by the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU).

The agenda included presentations on the SLO project by Stuart Dykes of SD Europe and Dariusz Lapinski, the SLO coordinator and national team SLO of the Polish Football Association (PZPN). The visit to Ukraine was arranged and coordinated on behalf of the FFU by Igor Gomonai, the SLO coordinator of the…

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The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) in March organised a meeting for SLOs from first and second tier clubs that focused on the drafting of a new SLO handbook and discussed recent developments in Dutch football in terms of dialogue with supporters.

Eighteen SLOs representing 18 clubs (ADO Den Haag, Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, NAC Breda, FC Dordrecht, FC Emmen, FC Utrecht, SC Cambuur, SC Heerenveen, PEC Zwolle, Vitesse, Heracles Almelo, FC Oss and RKC Waalwijk) attended the meeting. The KNVB…

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The Belgian Pro League is stepping up its efforts to bring its clubs into full compliance with Article 35 of UEFA’s licensing regulations by launching a new drive to establish and promote the role of the supporter liaison officer across the country.

The initiative is the result of ongoing talks with SD Europe and was fleshed out at a meeting held with representatives of the Pro League and the Belgian Football Association in Brussels recently.

Although Belgian clubs have been required…

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In the first of what will be a regular series, we caught up for a quick chat with Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, Director of Policy at FIFPro Division Europe; to discuss their work, and in particular their on-going campaign to overhaul the global transfer system.


For those who don’t know: who is FIFPro and what do you do?

FIFPro is the global trade union body of professional football players. We have 58 members, who are independent, player-driven footballers’ unions. Collectively we represent approximately 60,000…

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The ‘Clubs and Supporters for better Governance in Football’ project has officially begun – kicking off two years of exchange, collaboration and cooperation across seven EU member states.

It is a two-year project, coordinated by SD Europe, and co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and UEFA. The project will help promote EU principles on good governance in sport. It will do this through a training, education and exchange programme involving member-run football clubs and national supporters’ organisations; covering the…

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L’Aquila Me’, the supporters’ trust at Lega Pro club L’Aquila, have presented a proposal to their club for the trust to acquire a ‘golden’ shareholding, of 1% but with a number of key rights attached.

The trust hopes that the proposal will lead to a strengthening of the relationship between the club and its local community, and have developed the proposals with the advice and assistance of Supporters in Campo, the Italian national organisation for democratic supporters’ groups.

The proposed rights attached…

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Earlier this week, Israeli club Maccabi Haifa were ordered to appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the local Football Association, regarding flares shown at the derby against Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Whilst this is in line with normal procedure, saw the Israeli Disciplinary Committee invite the Maccabi Haifa supporters’ trust to provide their perspective on events – an almost unprecedented occurrence. The trust accepted, and were represented by Israfans, the national supporters’ organisation. Member of the Disciplinary Committee, prof. Miguel Deutsch said:…

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SD Europe’s SLO project coordinator, Stuart Dykes, recently attended a training session organised by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) to talk to clubs about the SLO role. The session formed part of a club licensing workshop held in Zagreb on 25 January 2016 and attracted representatives of 21 clubs (all ten from the first division, 11 of 12 from the second).

Currently all ten top-division Croatian clubs are required to have an SLO in place under the HNS licensing regulations. Though…

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