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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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The structure of the organised game in Germany resembles a pyramid. At the top is the national team. It is carried by more than 6.8 million members, male and female players of all ages in 165,000 teams at 25,500 clubs and a host of volunteers – the core of the German Football Association (DFB).

To reflect this diversity, the DFB has produced a comprehensive 250-page guide, DFB From A to Z, which looks at key…

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To further expand the reach of the UEFA Supporter Liaison Officer project, to acquaint more supporters with the project, and to share knowledge and good practices around Europe with national associations, clubs, supporters, SLOs and other interested stakeholders, SD Europe will be managing the social media related to the SLO.

You can now follow SLO news on Twitter (the official account of the SD Europe SLO team, tweeting news and insights relating to supporter liaison), while over the coming weeks the YouTube…

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Juventude Leonina, Directivo Ultras XXI, Torcida Verde and Brigada Ultras, the four organised fan groups at Sporting Clube de Portugal, visited the first team during training to pass on their full support and confidence for the new season.

Also present at the meeting, which was organised by the club, were Bruno de Carvalho, President of Sporting, Augusto Inácio, Director of professional football, and André Geraldes, Sporting’s SLO.

Though the licensing requirement applies only to teams requesting…

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Austrian Bundesliga SLO coordinator Alex Schwärzler demonstrated extraordinary organisational skills in putting together an SLO workshop on the afternoon before the Champions League qualifier between FC Salzburg and Malmö FF at very short notice.

SLOs and security officers from 10 Austrian clubs gathered to hear Malmö SLO Pierre Nordberg talk about his club’s approach to supporter liaison and security issues. Other presentations were given on the subject of existing and future challenges to supporter dialogue in Germany, the potential personalisation of…

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The format for UEFA club SLO bilateral meetings can range from very informal get-togethers to fully fledged workshops. An example of the former took place on 18 August in Denmark, when fans hoping to become members of the new expanded SLO team of Brondby IF met two of the four Bayer Leverkusen SLOs, who were in town for their club’s Champions League qualifier at FC Copenhagen. The meeting took place in a bistro on the evening before the game and…

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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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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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