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Read the original article of DFB here (in German)
The 2014/15 summer meeting of the prevention and security stakeholders was attended by some 50 representatives of third division clubs. For the first time, violence prevention featured in a workshop with three scenarios, in which security officers worked with SLOs to come up with practical solutions to matchday problems. The participants came to the conclusion that careful preparation in the run-up and joint action on the day of the game are two…

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The first UEFA club SLO bilateral meeting of the 2014/15 season took place in Wales ahead of the Champions League second round qualifying game between The New Saints and Slovan Bratislava in July. Organised by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), it was attended by the SLOs of Welsh clubs Port Talbot Town and Connah’s Quay and Stanislav Kramaric, the SLO of Slovan Bratislava. As FAW head of competitions Andrew Howard reported: “The SLOs exchanged experiences from their own leagues…

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The role of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) was one of the topics on the agenda at the Lega Serie B general assembly held in Milan on 9 July. Federico Smanio, head of marketing and SLO coordinator for Lega Serie B, gave a general presentation on the SLO project, explaining its current status in Italy and analysing the role of an SLO and the direct and indirect benefits to the clubs and Italian football as a whole.

Giovanni Spitaleri, head of…

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Read the original article here (in Italian)
On 22/23 May the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), in association with Lega Serie A and Lega Serie B, held the latest edition of its Stadium Management seminar programme, which is dedicated to training methods for the development, management and organisation of the football stadiums.

The main topic of the seminar this time was the role and importance of the supporter liaison officer (SLO). Representatives of the FIGC, Serie A and Serie B had the chance…

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Read the original interview here (in Ukrainian)
Conflicts between clubs and fans are as varied as football itself. The two sides often refuse to listen to each other, preferring to seek a radical “solution” to problems instead. Helping to find common ground between the club board and supporters is a task of one of the largest supporter organisations in Europe, Supporters Direct. Together with UEFA, it has developed a project under which clubs have to appoint a specialist to work with…

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Read the original HFF announcement here (in Greek)
The Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) organised the inaugural SLO workshop for the top-division clubs in Greece on 29 May. League representatives, club SLOs, security officers and general managers of the Greek clubs were introduced to the localised version of the UEFA SLO handbook and concept by HFF licensing manager and SLO coordinator George Dimitriou, who said: “The HFF considers this project very important in the effort to address violence in stadiums. For us,…

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Read the original article here (in Icelandic)
On 10 April 2014 the Football Association of Iceland (KSI) organised a special workshop to address issues relating to supporters. The meeting considered the importance of communicating with supporters and the need to strengthen the bonds between fans and clubs.

Omar Smárason, licensing and marketing manager and SLO coordinator of the KSI, kicked things off with a short presentation on the objectives of the meeting. He was followed by Styrmir Gislason, the supporter liaison officer (SLO)…

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On 27 March 2014 the SLO coordinator at the Football Association of Norway (NFF) Lars Stensby, organised a security seminar in Oslo attended by some 40 security officers and supporter liaison officers from clubs in the top two tiers of Norwegian football. Also invited at the seminar were UEFA SLO Project Coordinator Stuart Dykes and the SLO of Djurgardens IF Lena Gustafson-Wiberg who presented the SLO project in theory, and practice.

This was the third opportunity club officials had to be acquainted to the SLO project, following a…

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On February 20th 2014, SLOs from nine Portuguese clubs came together before the FC Porto v Eintracht Frankfurt Europa League game in February to hear Eintracht SLO Marc Francis talk about his work and that of his five-strong SLO team. The SLOs in attendance also discussed common problems and explored potential solutions, taking advantage of Marc’s extensive experience in the role. After the meeting Marc said: “It was a great experience and a pleasure to meet the guys and exchange…

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In a joint statement released last week, US Ancona 1905 and Sosteniamolancona (the supporters’ trust that holds two seats on the board and a rights-attached shareholding in the club) announced the formation of the Supporters’ Relations Centre (Centro Relazioni con i Tifosi).

The CRT, that will consist of four members of Sosteniamolancona coordinated by the two Board members elected by the supporters and supported by two more members selected by the club against specific skills, will manage activities and issues regarding…

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