Football bodies, clubs and national supporters organisations from six European countries met in Prague last week for the launch meeting of SD Europe’s latest Erasmus+ project, LIAISE.

Focusing on the development of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role, the project brings together football authorities and supporters in a unique collaborative partnership that will work together until December 31st, 2019. LIAISE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and is co-financed by Uefa.

Seven football associations and leagues, two…

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There are few better ways to learn new ideas and improve skills than exchange visits, and Swedish SLOs embarked on a three-day trip to the Netherlands in February as they finalised their preparations for the new season.
Organised by SEF, Svensk Elitfotboll, 14 supporter liaison officers from 11 different Swedish clubs took part in the exchange, a follow on from an exchange to Germany in 2016.
The SLOs had the opportunity to see their Dutch counterparts in action at SC Cambuur and…

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As part of their drive to raise supporter liaison standards in the domestic game, the Russian Football Union (RFS) invited SLOs from Ajax and Celtic to present their work at the latest RFU training event at the Otkritie Arena, the home of Spartak Moscow, in February.

More than 50 SLOs from clubs in the top three tiers attended the event along with officials from the RFS and the Russian Premier League, supporter representatives, and other experts, such as CAFE’s Jochen Kemmer,…

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“Inspiring, a priceless experience, lasting cooperation”

These are just some of the words used to describe SD Europe’s Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football (CSBGiF) project, as it formally came to end earlier this week with the submission of a final report to the European Commission.

Bringing together member-run football clubs and national supporters organisation in a unique collaborative partnership for the first time, an independent evaluation of the work by research partners substance has shown the outputs and outcomes of…

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The 50+1 rule is the beating heart of football, according to the chair of the one of the biggest supporters organisations in Europe. Given the discussions currently going on there, it would be easy to assume it’s a German supporters group we’re thinking of but that’s incorrect.

Representing 26 football clubs, 48 fan organisations and over 50,000 individual supporters, the Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen (SFSU) is seen as a key stakeholder in Swedish football by the football authorities and supporters, and successfully campaigned…

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SD Europe is delighted to announce that preparations for our new Erasmus+ project have kicked off and will bring together supporters, football associations, leagues and other stakeholders for the first time in Prague next month.

LIAISE stands for Liaison-based Integrated Approach to Improving Supporter Engagement and will further improve the positive impact of supporter liaison officers (SLOs) in partner countries and beyond.

Football associations and leagues will work alongside supporter organisations, other relevant football authorities from across Europe and Uefa to highlight…

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At the end of November, Svenska Fotbollssupporterunionen, SFSU, hosted their 10th AGM in Helsingborg.

In connection to the meeting, workshops were held on the themes of communication and financial solutions. The topics gave a lot of knowledge and inspiration to the member organisations, ahead of another busy season in Swedish football.

The first day kicked off with a presentation from Patrik Sundberg from Allmänna Supporterklubben and the media bureau POST. With his experience from the stands and the communication business, he shared…

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SD Europe joined forces with Uefa recently to stage the second pan-European workshop for SLO coordinators working at national associations and leagues.

Main image credit: Uefa / GEPA pictures & Philipp Brem

The event took place in Vienna on 29/30 November with the support of the Austrian Bundesliga and was attended by representatives of football governing bodies from across the continent as well as other key stakeholders such as the Council of Europe.

Supporter liaison officers (SLOs) act as a bridge between clubs and…

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Italian supporters organisation Supporters in Campo is a leading example of cooperation and participation for all supporters. Over the past decades, there have been many attempts to unite supporters groups in Italy. Though successful in the short term, the outcomes of these attempts appear to be fading and short-lasting.

SD Europe celebrates 10 Years in 2017. To mark this milestone, we are recalling some of the stories, successes and challenges from across the SDE network. Read about FORAS and Cork City FC (Ireland), the movement…

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Known across the world as one of Europe’s original footballing nations, Belgium and Belgian football has had a much tougher time of it in recent decades. Nowhere is overseas ownership of football clubs a hotter topic at present, at least in western Europe, and the concern over locally owned, poorly governed clubs isn’t too far behind as a going issue.

SD Europe celebrates 10 Years in 2017. To mark this milestone, we are recalling some of the stories, successes and challenges…

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