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Almost all supporters of U.S. Ancona 1905 do not possess a tessera del tifoso (fan card), which is required for Italian supporters to attend away matches without any special conditions when it comes to ticketing, travel and other conditions. However, last Sunday (16 November) saw supporters of Ancona allowed to follow their team to SPAL without any conditions imposed – thanks to the friendship between supporters of the two Lega Pro clubs, and fundraising initiatives launched by supporters in order to help…

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The Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB) and the Pro League recently held a constructive strategy meeting on the development of the SLO project with SD Europe and UEFA SLO project coordinator Stuart Dykes. The two governing bodies are working together to roll out the SLO project this season, with the Pro League assuming responsibility for managing the training of SLOs and the dissemination of all relevant documents and toolkits.

A day later, the KBVB welcomed Noel Mooney (UEFA Marketing Manager), Stuart…

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Matchday 4 in the UEFA Champions League group stage saw the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) stage a bilateral meeting attended by an SLO of German outfit FC Schalke 04, SLOs of almost all of the 18 top division clubs in Portugal, representatives of the local police and a “guest appearance” by Gavin Powell, SLO Coordinator of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), who was on a fact-finding mission to learn more about how the role is being implemented in both…

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“We may suffer from proximity to one of the world’s biggest leagues, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be the best at what we do.”

Director of the League of Ireland Fran Gavin set the tone for a productive day at the Irish Supporters Network’s LOI Supporters: Making a Vital Difference workshop by Niall Farrell.

Delegates from clubs and supporters’ groups across the country met at the Aviva Stadium with the aim of finding ways that football supporters can work together and learn…

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The FMF (Football Association of Moldova) has recently organised its second training workshop for the club SLOs since 2012. SLOs of nearly all first division clubs were present at the workshop and the FMF was represented by Victor Daghi, SLO coordinator and Head of Press.

The FMF updated the participants about the role of the SLO, who then discussed experiences from last season, shared good practices and analysed the problems they faced. Since the introduction of the…

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The last week of October saw the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) organise a round table on the establishment and improvement of the dialogue between the FIGC and supporters. Fiona May, coordinator of the working group for fan dialogue, hosted SD Europe (represented by Stuart Dykes, SD Europe and UEFA SLO project Coordinator), our partners at Football Supporters Europe and a representative of Supporters in Campo (the Italian umbrella organisation for democratic supporters’ trusts).

The meeting was held at a level of…

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SD Europe and UEFA SLO project Coordinator Stuart Dykes, attended the workshop held by the Hungarian Olympic Association.

In the last week of September the Hungarian Olympic Association organised a workshop on the subject of dialogue with supporters. At the workshop, which was led by the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) and attended by the national associations of basketball, ice hockey, handball and water polo (approx. 50 delegates in total), SD Europe SLO consultant and UEFA SLO project coordinator Stuart Dykes gave…

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UEFA’s recent Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play workshop in Dublin highlighted the positive impact of UEFA’s measures to safeguard club football’s financial stability.

The annual event brings together all 54 UEFA member associations, and this year some 140 participants attended the two-and-a-half-day event which was opened by the CEO of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), John Delaney. The welcome speech was followed by a keynote address from the chairman of the UEFA Club Licensing Committee, David Gill, who stressed…

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In England, League 1 (third tier) club Doncaster Rovers recently announced that they have appointed a third SLO, saying “the project has been of great benefit to Doncaster Rovers but also the teams they faced last season”.

Dean Parker, the newest ‘signing’ of the Doncaster Rovers SLO volunteer team, has been a Rovers supporter and season ticket holder for over 20 years, attending almost every match, and was selected for his good communication skills and passion for the club. Along with…

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Having started as a pilot project in 2013/14, UEFA club SLO bilateral meetings aim to promote cooperation and exchange of good practice between the football governing bodies and SLOs of different countries.

The first bilateral meeting took place in Cyprus last October, when Phivos Constantinides, SLO coordinator of the Cyprus Football Association, organised a meeting between local SLOs and Marc Francis, lead SLO at Eintracht Frankfurt. Marc talked about his day-to-day duties and his activities before, during and after matches. He…

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