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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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SD Europe’s SLO project coordinator, Stuart Dykes, recently attended a training session organised by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) to talk to clubs about the SLO role. The session formed part of a club licensing workshop held in Zagreb on 25 January 2016 and attracted representatives of 21 clubs (all ten from the first division, 11 of 12 from the second).

Currently all ten top-division Croatian clubs are required to have an SLO in place under the HNS licensing regulations. Though…

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George Dimitriou, licensing manager and SLO coordinator of the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF), last week completed a series of visits to Greek clubs applying for a licence to participate in the Greek Super League. The purpose of the visits was to evaluate whether the SLO project (article 35 of the Club Licensing and FFP regulations) is being properly implemented at each club and ascertain the extent of the support still required by clubs in this area.

Eleven clubs were selected to be…

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The Danish League (Divisionsforeningen) held an SLO workshop at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus on 13 February 2016. The workshop was organised and planned by the Danish Leagues SLO coordinator, Kasper Kragh, in close cooperation with SD Europe. It was attended by 11 SLOs from eight of the 12 top-division clubs.

The workshop began with an introduction to the situation in Denmark by Kasper Kragh, who then outlined the direction the Danish Leagues intend to take the project. This was followed…

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SLOs of clubs in the top three tiers of the German football pyramid gathered in Kaiserslautern for their annual assembly in early February. The meeting was jointly organised for the first time by the German Football Association (DFB) and the German Football League (DFL). Some 80 SLOs attended the two-day event.

The assembly was chaired by Benjamin Kandler, Deputy Head of Supporter Affairs at the DFL, and Bülent Aksen of the DFB Supporter Contact Point. It was opened by the host…

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January was a busy month for the Andorran Football Federation (FAF) licensing department, who organised two meetings for the clubs applying for a UEFA license.
The meetings aimed to provide the applicant clubs with documents necessary for implementing the SLO project (duties, responsibilities and resources designed to help SLOs when dealing with supporters) as well as introduce the role of the disability access officer (DAO) and the resources produced by our partners at the Centre for Access to Football in Europe…

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SD Europe’s SLO coordinator, Stuart Dykes, spoke to the 50 or so delegates in attendance about the SLO work in Sweden set against the European context.

Other presentations were given by representatives of the Stockholm police, two Djurgården SLOs (on behalf of all three alliance clubs), and the City of Stockholm. Delegates also heard about the ticketing policy in place at Hammarby and the ENABLE project, which seeks to identify, share and develop good practice in the management of the safety…

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