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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Scotland is a hive of activity as far as the SLO work is concerned at the moment.

A Supporter Liaison Officer Development Day staged by SD Scotland at Bellshill on 14 July, which heard presentations from Lasse Bauer, lead SLO at Danish top-division club Brøndby IF, JP Taylor, SLO at Celtic, and SD Europe, was followed by an invitation to SD Europe to present at the Scottish Football Association Congress in late September.

The Congress was established in 2015 as part of…

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The impressive Parc Olympique Lyonnais was the venue for the latest security seminar organised by the French Professional Football League in early October.

The Lyon seminar was attended by safety officers of clubs in the top two tiers of French football and SD Europe was invited to explain the benefits of the supporter liaison officer (SLO) role for them in their day-to-day work. After outlining how safety officers and SLOs can work together in practice, the presentation focused on recommendations made…

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Council of Europe and EU organise ProS4 Balkan Conference on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football in Bucharest

The Council of Europe and the European Union, in co-operation with the Romanian Gendarmerie, brought policymakers and practitioners from 12 countries to Bucharest in mid-October to promote the new Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events and encourage them to translate best practice into their national legislation.

The conference…

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A range of stakeholders from across the Belgian football family gathered for a landmark SLO meeting in Brussels on 7 November.

The event was organised by the Jupiler Pro League and the Royal Belgian Football Association (URBSFA/KBVB) and attended by officials of the two governing bodies, club representatives, SLOs and supporters of various clubs.

The meeting heard Stijn Van Bever outline the Pro League vision of the role of SLOs in Belgium. Speaking on behalf of the Football Cell at the Ministry…

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“We must all commit to embracing the principle of an integrated multi-agency approach and take the steps necessary to demonstrate it in practice – not just for high-profile matches, but as a matter of routine.”

With these words UEFA Executive Committee member and UEFA Stadium and Security Committee vice-chairman František Laurinec greeted more than 300 participants at the 2016/17 UEFA-EU Stadium and Security Conference in Bucharest earlier this month.

Mr Laurinec added: “It is our responsibility to ensure that supporters can enjoy a…

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Taking advantage of the second leg of the Europa League play-off between KF Shkëndija and KAA Gent in Skopje, the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) organised a bilateral meeting with Gent SLO Dirk Vos, who represents Belgium in the European SLO network. The meeting was also attended by Alexandar Misevski representative of Ultras FC Pelister.

In spite of the differences between the two countries, the SLO principles remain the same and meetings such as these offer those attending a perfect opportunity to…

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The recent UEFA Europa League qualifying match between HJK and IFK Gothenburg in Helsinki presented a great opportunity for a bilateral exchange of experiences on the role of the SLO.

Two days of discussions began on matchday -1 when Ville Nylund, event manager and SLO coordinator of the Football Association of Finland (FAF), met with the Christian Olsson, a member of IFK’s SLO team, to talk about the SLO work in Gothenburg and Sweden as a whole with a view to…

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Jens Volke, one of seven SLOs at Borussia Dortmund, has announced his departure from the club’s SLO team to join the media department.

A former leader of the Dortmund ultras group The Unity, Jens had been in the post for more than eight years.

Jens made an important contribution to the development of the SLO project at European level, especially in its early stages, attending workshops for football associations and club SLOs in a number of countries to share his knowledge and experience with…

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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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