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The Georgian Football Federation (GFF) organised the latest in a series of SLO workshops at the Hualing Hotel in Tbilisi on 1 August.

In presence of key stakeholders, including GFF vice-president Nika Jgarkava, other GFF officials, club directors, SLOs and safety officers, as well as government and police representatives, SD Europe/UEFA SLO project coordinator Stuart Dykes held presentations on the role of the SLO and the benefits of the collaboration between safety officers and SLOs. GFF SLO coordinator Bakar Jordania then…

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The meeting aimed to promote the exchange of experience in dealing with supporters.

On Tuesday, July 19, The Latvian Football Federation (LFF) and the Latvian Football League (LFV-SynotTip Virsliga) organised a training seminar for top tier clubs with the support of SD Europe. The event focused on the exchange of experience in dealing with supporters and a variety of marketing and public relation tools. It was organised to coincide with the presence of FC Salzburg SLO Georg Rieger for the UEFA…

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Apart from the regular standard training, education and strategy meetings, 2015/16 saw a number of developments of landmark importance in the evolution of the SLO project.

In January 2016 SD Europe were awarded observer status on the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence (TR-V) for a renewable period of three years. And towards the end of the season SD Europe organised, with the support of UEFA, the inaugural European SLO network meeting in Sweden.

In another key development, the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF) completed a series of visits…

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The Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events was signed by 14 states at a ceremony held at the Stade de France on Sunday 3 July.

The 14 signatory states are Bulgaria, France, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine. The Convention will enter into force on ratification by three signatory states.

“It’s an opportune moment, with preparations under way for the 2018 FIFA World…

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The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways of cooperating on the implementation of the SLO project.

The Israeli Football Association (IFA), the Israeli Professional Football League (IPFL), the Israeli national supporters’ organisation (Israfans) and SD Europe recently met at the IFA offices in Tel Aviv.

The meeting saw the four parties outline their views on the current situation and the future of the SLO project in Israel. In particular, the IPFL are very supportive of the SLO project and have…

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At the inaugural European SLO network meeting in Stockholm on May 18-20, which was organised by SD Europe with funding provided by UEFA, 11 club SLOs from 11 countries were invited to exchange best practice examples and potential answers to the challenges faced by SLOs at the European and domestic level.

Making up the network ‘first eleven’ are Dirk Vos (KAA Gent/Belgium), Lasse Bauer(Brøndby IF/Denmark), Jonathan Waite (Tottenham/England), Thomas Kirschner (Schalke 04/Germany), Ton Strooband (Feyenoord/Netherlands), Arne-Christian Eggen (Rosenborg/Norway), Nuno Gago (Benfica/Portugal), Radosław Sołtys…

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Following a number of major incidents in Dutch football, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has launched a large-scale project, Voetball2020, with a range of national partners with the aim of formulating guidelines for making football a safer and more hospitable and accessible experience.

As part of the project, a best practice conference was held at the GelreDome in Arnhem on 10 May. The event was attended by around 230 people representing clubs, SLOs, the police, public prosecutors, local authorities and…

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SD Europe are delighted to announce that the first meeting of a working group consisting of club SLOs from around Europe will take place in Stockholm from May 18th to May 20th.

The ‘first eleven’ of the network are: Dirk Vos (KAA Gent) representing Belgium, Lasse Bauer (Brøndby IF) representing Denmark, Jonathan Waite (Tottenham) representing England, Thomas Kirschner (Schalke 04) representing Germany), Ton Strooband (Feyenoord) representing Netherlands, Arne-Christian Eggen (Rosenborg) representing Norway, Nuno Gago (Benfica) representing Portugal, Radosław Sołtys (Lech Poznan)…

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) held its second annual SLO workshop in Madrid on 30 March.

In the presence of representatives from 16 of the 20 La Liga clubs, SD Europe and UEFA SLO Consultant Stuart Dykes gave a presentation about developing the SLO role in Spain. This theoretical intervention was followed by input from two practitioners. Thomas Kirschner, head of the supporter department at FC Schalke 04 in Germany explained how the SLO work is organised at his club, while…

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The Scottish FA and Supporters Direct Scotland have signed a partnership agreement that focuses in the promotion and implementation of the SLO project.

Their joint announcement:

Supporters Direct Scotland are delighted to announce that they will be working in partnership with the Scottish FA to deliver a development programme for Supporter Liaison Officers (SLO) in Scotland.

SLOs are a vital new role – mandatory for clubs participating in UEFA competitions – which requires a full-time member of staff appointed to work and engage with…

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