Feb 19, 2019
It was a productive day in Sofia, as the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) organised a Supporter Liaison Officer workshop under its ‘Fan Dialogue: 2020 and beyond’ project.
On the agenda for the day was: The work of the BFU with the fans, an overview of the SLO role, the new Council of Europe Convention, a presentation by SD Europe about the SLO role (challenges, relationships and how it should be), and a Q&A between the BFU, local police authorities, SLOs and…
Jan 05, 2019
Participants from ten countries and organisations came together to discuss the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety Security and Service Approach.
Project partners Svenska Footballsupporterunionen (SFSU), Association Nationale des Supporters (ANS), Football Supporters Europe (FSE), Czech Football League (LFA), Polish Football Association (PZPN), Portuguese Football Association (FPF), Swedish Football League (SEF), contributing partners French Football League (LFP), guests Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Football Union of Russia (RFU), international experts from the Council of Europe (Adrian Dinca, chair of…
Dec 06, 2018
This past weekend saw the beautiful city of Huelva and the oldest club in Spain – Recreativo de Huelva, host the annual SD Europe AGM. The weekend was packed with panels, workshops, meetings, and of course football!
Friday night, saw a panel discussion with William Gaillard (Former Head of Communications and Public Affairs at UEFA), Maria Cappa (Spanish reporter & author) and Juan Manuel Garrido (Spanish reporter and author): “The role of supporters in modern professional football clubs”. ‘The representatives of…
Dec 01, 2018
It is time for SD Europe’s fourth official meeting on December 1st. Our past official events have seen the SD Europe network meet in Hamburg (2015), Malmo (2016), and Dublin (2017). This time we are in Huelva, where the inspirational Recreativo Supporters Trust, will host us.
This year will see 13 countries represented. With member-run clubs, supporters trusts, and national fan organisations in attendance, it is set up to be a productive and exciting weekend in Huelva, southern Spain. Our hosts…
Nov 19, 2018
It was with huge sadness that we learned of the passing of Tottenham Hotspur supporter liaison officer Jonathan Waite yesterday.
Jonathan was a founder member of the European SLO network in 2016. When we approached the Premier League with the proposal to involve him in the network, they had no hesitation in endorsing him. It therefore came as little surprise to us when he was voted SLO of the Year by his peers later in that year.
A wealth of experience and…
Nov 15, 2018
Representatives of football stakeholders from three European countries recently took part in the second of 12 exchange visits being organised under SD Europe’s supporter liaison and engagement project LIAISE, which is funded by EU’s Erasmus+ programme and UEFA.
The visit was hosted by the Polish Football Association (PZPN) and saw representatives of the French National Supporters Association (ANS), the French Football Federation (FFF), the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), the Czech Football League (LFA) and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) travel to the northeast city…
Oct 03, 2018
SD Europe is delighted to confirm that Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has formally become a contributing organisation to our LIAISE project.
LIAISE is unique Erasmus+ collaborative partnership that has brought together a range of stakeholders to focus on the development of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role in Europe for the first time. These stakeholders include supporters organisations, football associations, football leagues, Uefa and the European Think Tank of Football Safety and Security Experts.
An amendment to the French sports act…
Sep 27, 2018
Earlier this week (Tuesday, September 25), we celebrated Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem’s (HKJ) victory in the Toto Cup, a competition for national league clubs in Israel.
The win was a truly historic occasion and achievement because it was the first time a club owned by supporters has claimed a professional title in the country.
Image credit: Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem media team
Although the Toto Cup is held for clubs in the second division of Israeli football, the atmosphere in the stands on the night…
Sep 20, 2018
SD Europe is happy to confirm that our 2018 Annual General Meeting will take place on December 1st in Huelva, Spain.
A big thank you to our members from the Recreativo supporters trust and Fasfe for hosting not just the AGM but a weekend of workshops and other activities just a few weeks before Christmas!
The weekend will see the members of SD Europe and its wider network gather together 12 months on from a similar event in Dublin, affording attendees the time to…
Sep 11, 2018
At a hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, September 4th, FIFPro, Fifa, the Premier League, European Commission, ECA and SD Europe discussed the growing gap between the big and small football clubs across Europe.
Under the banner, Towards a Fair Football Competition in Europe, MEPs Paul Tang, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells and Bogdan Wenta hosted a panel discussion focusing on how European institutions can help to improve the competitive balance in European football.
Fifa talked the audience through the current developments…