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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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In mid-March SD Europe were invited to speak at the annual security seminar organised by the Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) and the Norwegian Football League (NTF) in conjunction with the Norwegian police.

The event was attended by security officers and SLOs from clubs in the top two Norwegian divisions plus the attached police officers. Representatives of the Norwegian Supporters Alliance (NSA) were also present.

SD Europe’s SLO project consultant Stuart Dykes gave a brief introduction to the SLO project at the start…

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Around 50 safety officers and SLOs from clubs in the top two Ukrainian leagues gathered recently for a security seminar in Kyiv organised by the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU).

The agenda included presentations on the SLO project by Stuart Dykes of SD Europe and Dariusz Lapinski, the SLO coordinator and national team SLO of the Polish Football Association (PZPN). The visit to Ukraine was arranged and coordinated on behalf of the FFU by Igor Gomonai, the SLO coordinator of the…

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The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) in March organised a meeting for SLOs from first and second tier clubs that focused on the drafting of a new SLO handbook and discussed recent developments in Dutch football in terms of dialogue with supporters.

Eighteen SLOs representing 18 clubs (ADO Den Haag, Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, NAC Breda, FC Dordrecht, FC Emmen, FC Utrecht, SC Cambuur, SC Heerenveen, PEC Zwolle, Vitesse, Heracles Almelo, FC Oss and RKC Waalwijk) attended the meeting. The KNVB…

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The Belgian Pro League is stepping up its efforts to bring its clubs into full compliance with Article 35 of UEFA’s licensing regulations by launching a new drive to establish and promote the role of the supporter liaison officer across the country.

The initiative is the result of ongoing talks with SD Europe and was fleshed out at a meeting held with representatives of the Pro League and the Belgian Football Association in Brussels recently.

Although Belgian clubs have been required…

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