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A 13-strong delegation made up of Finnish SLOs and the SLO coordinator of the Football Association of Finland (SPL) travelled to Stockholm for an observation visit to the game between Djurgårdens IF and GIF Sundsvall on 10 July.

After having lunch together, the delegation were given a tour of the Tele2 Arena by the two SLOs of Djurgården, Lena Gustafson Wiberg and Nils Ek. The rest of the afternoon was spent in one of the meeting rooms at the stadium, where…

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The SLO requirement enters its sixth season, as SD Europe celebrates its tenth anniversary

This year SD Europe, the European umbrella supporter organisation that promotes structured involvement in the decision-making of football clubs and governing bodies, sustainable social and financial development of football, and member-run clubs, celebrated its first AGM with representatives from 15 different countries.

In the ten years of SD Europe’s existence, structured dialogue has been a core part of the organisation, materialising in the introduction of the Supporter Liaison Officer requirement…

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On May 24th, this year’s Europa League final was played in Stockholm between AFC Ajax and Manchester United.

In total six SLOs from the three Stockholm clubs (AIK, Djurgården and Hammarby) were on duty in order to advise colleagues from the two finalists as well as visiting fans. The focus for the SLO support team was on service, logistics and providing local knowledge.

“This was the first time a team of local SLOs was deployed at a major European final. It is…

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Eleven SLOs were represented at the meeting, and the network has grown by 40%

The SLOs who attended the second club SLO European network meeting at the VELTINS Arena in Gelsenkirchen were as follows:

Adrian Gruenig (FC Basel, Switzerland), Beverley Mayer (St. Johnstone, Scotland), Andrey Kyuchukov (Dunav Russe, Bulgaria), Kiriakos Giantsidis (PAOK, Greece), Lasse Bauer (Brøndby, Denmark), Maurice Dumas (Feyenoord, Netherlands), Riccardo Bertolin (Roma, Italy), Thomas Kirschner (Schalke 04), Nuno Ribeiro (Boavista, Portugal), Thomas Carnogursky (Slovan Liberec, Czech Republic) and Jonathan Waite…

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Austrian SLOs have been involved in a number of positive initiatives recently. Earlier this month, for example, the Austrian Bundesliga introduced maximum ticket prices for away sections at matches in the Tipico Bundesliga and the second-tier Sky Go Erste Liga. The maximum prices will take effect from the beginning of the 2017-18 season. This was a key issue for fans and the SLOs of the Austrian clubs lobbied strongly for the introduction of the new regulation.

All 20 clubs in the…

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Earlier this year, the Finnish FA, together with Finnish police authorities, held their 17th annual Safety and Security seminar. The event was held for first time on the sea, cruising the Helsinki-Stockholm route and back. Juha Karjalainen, Security Officer at the FA, felt the facilities for the 180 participants were absolutely first class.

According to official participant feedback, the most interesting sessions were those from Kenny Scott, Uefa’s Safety and Security Adviser, as well as a two-hour session about the SLO function which was…

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Supporters from across the League of Ireland attended an Irish Supporters Network (ISN) workshop entitled ‘Towards a Sustainable League’ at Tallaght Stadium, Dublin on March 26th.

SD Europe’s Niamh O’Mahony was in attendance as the founding members of ISN, FORAS (Cork City), Galway United Soccer Co-op, Finn Harps and the 1895 Trust led presentations and discussions on Sustainable Finance, what the SLO role can mean for the League of Ireland, why Community activities are vital and the importance of Fan Engagement.

Director of the League,…

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On March 14th FASFE organised a meeting with Bayer Leverkusen supporter liaison officer (SLO) Frank Linde in Madrid.

The meeting was co-organised by Rayo ADRV Accionistas and attended not just by supporter groups but also by clubs both from the local area and outside Madrid, evidence of the great interest in learning more about the SLO role and how it can improve the relationship between clubs and supporters and the matchday experience for all parties involved.

Frank made an introduction to the development and…

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The decision was taken by a relevant FSF-appointed committee and was announced at the 2016 FSF Awards, held in December in London.

Earlier this year, Jonathan represented England at the inaugural European SLO network meeting in Malmo, together with ten of his European colleagues. Jonathan, who is also the Head of Supporter Services at Tottenham, has been the SLO of the club since the requirement was introduced by UEFA in 2012.

The final shortlist consisted of nine SLOs from six clubs; three Premier…

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With the Swedish football season over for another year, the time was right for a delegation of supporter liaison officers (SLOs) to pay a visit to Germany to exchange experiences with and learn more about the work of their counterparts at two German clubs.

The visiting delegation was made up of SLOs from 12 Swedish clubs plus Madeleine Ödquist of the Swedish Football League (SEF), who organised the trip in association with SD Europe. While in Germany, the SLOs held meetings…

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