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SD Europe were very proud to deliver two presentations at this year’s UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play workshop, which took place in Montenegro on 11-13 October.

Hosted by the Football Association of Montenegro (FSGC), the workshop was attended by representatives from UEFA, its 55 member associations, and guests from FIFA and the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL confederations.

Under Article 35 of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations, clubs applying for a licence to compete in one of…

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A representative of SD Europe recently took part in a monitoring visit to Kyiv on 9-10 October 2017 organised by the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence on the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage match between Ukraine and Croatia.

The purpose of the visit was to support the Ukrainian authorities in the process of ratifying the new Council of Europe Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events…

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The session was part of the 1st National Football Policing Training Seminar under Sub-project 5 of the Coe/EU joint Erasmus+ ProS4+ project

The aim of this training was to promote the standards enshrined under the Council of Europe new Convention on safety and security at sports events (CETS 218), the adoption of an integrated approach to safety, security and service in connection with football matches, and provide training to key policing football decision makers and practitioners.

The training focused on: i) the…

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Kicking off a series of bilateral meetings planned for the coming months, the Spanish Football Association (Real Federación Española de Fútbol) took the opportunity to arrange a discussion around the SLO function ahead of the recent Europe League match between Villarreal and Slavia Prague in Spain.

Representatives from Villareal CF, Valencia CF, RFEF, SK Slavia Prag and SD Europe took part. Good discussions on implementation and the role in general were had with lots of useful and practical knowledge exchanged.

“I think it…

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A representative of SD Europe recently took part in the annual Pan-European Football Policing Training Project (PE-FPTP) event, delivered under the auspices of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) in cooperation with the Bulgarian CEPOL National Unit, the EU Thank Tank on Football Security and Liverpool University.  The event was held in mid-September in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was attended by police representatives with responsibility for football policing from a host of European countries.

SD Europe were invited to…

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In early September SD Europe attended the UEFA-EU Stadium and Security Conference in Munich at the invitation of UEFA. The event takes place at the start of each new club competition season and brings together national association security officers, stadium safety managers, club safety officers and police representatives from all European clubs that have qualified for the next season of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

The UEFA/EU security conference offers supporter organisations such as SD Europe a great…

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“Toulon Europe Supporters” took place on September 23rd in Toulon, France

Among the participants were members of Mouvement Azur et Or, organised and individual supporters of SC Toulon, representatives of the city, representatives of the French national supporters’ organisation “Association Nationale des Supporters (ANS)”, sociologist Nicolas Hourcade, CAFE partners Handifan Club and SD Europe.

The meeting was initially planned as a conference, but quickly turned into a round table discussion after the presentation of SD Europe on its European network of national and local…

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Supported by Uefa’s HatTrick IV programme, the kick-off event of the Bulgarian Football Union’s (BFU) fan dialogue project took place in Sofia on August 23, and will look into how the supporter liaison officer role can help improve dialogue with supporters.

Fan Dialogue: 2020 and Beyond is a new project jointly developed by the (BFU) and SD Europe, and aims to raise awareness about the importance of fan dialogue. The project, which has qualified for funding under Uefa’s HatTrick IV programme,…

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Connections between Cork City FC and Malmö FF existed long before they both agreed to became part of SD Europe’s ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’ project back in 2015. The two clubs had crossed paths previously in the Intertoto Cup in 2004, and were also in touch around the time of City’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2014.

The similarities between the two clubs are also interesting and relevant: both clubs are located in the second cities of their respective…

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SD Europe is delighted to confirm that our project application LIAISE was recently selected for funding by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

LIAISE stands for Project for a Liaison-based Integrated Approach to Improving Supporter Engagement and will run from January 2018 until December 2019, with support and funding from UEFA.

The primary objective of LIAISE is to encourage the football authorities and partner agencies to recognise the value of enhanced dialogue and communication between club supporter liaison officers (SLOs) and the football…

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