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Improving Football Governance – project overview

Working with nine partners from eight countries across Europe, SD Europe coordinated a project entitled ‘Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership’ under the Preparatory Action in the Field of Sport (EAC/18/2011).

More details about the objectives and outcomes of the project can be found by reading this page: Improving Football Governance through Supporter Involvement and Community Ownership

Project report

The final report provides a benchmark for future developments in good governance, policy development, and research and is available in three languages:

Project handbooks

A governance-focused handbook was researched and written for each country by the supporters organisations involved in the project. A brief summary of the contents and direct link to the publication is included below.


Supporters Inspraak Handboek België produced by Eskabee 1935

The handbook includes sections on: Football in Belgium – popularity, financial problems, supporters; Football club or football company; Democracy and supporters; Philosophy and basic principles of supporters’ trusts; Case studies; Creating a supporters’ trusts and Running a football club

Au Coeur du Jeu: l’Actionnariat Populaire dans le Football Français produced by A la nantaise


The handbook includes sections on: Supporters and Reforming French Football; Supporter Ownership in Europe – good practice; French supporters and supporter ownership; Starting a democratic supporters’ group; Building a representative body for French supporters and Recommendations

Mein Verein – perfekter Verein? Wie Fans in ihren Vereinen mitbestimmen können produced by Unsere Kurve


The handbook includes sections on: German Football Clubs; Member Associations vs. Corporations; Preserving the member ownership model and Recommendations

The Heart of the Game produced by FORAS


The handbook includes sections on: Setting the Scene; Legal guidance for supporters and supporters’ groups; Good Governance for supporters’ groups and supporter owned clubs and Recommendations

Il Calcio senza tifosi perde la propria anima produced by Unione Italiana Sport per Tutti


The handbook includes sections on: The situation in Italy; Setting up a supporters’ trust; Running a supporters’ trust and Recommendations

Associações de Adeptos: Fortalacer a voz dos adeptos no futebol Português produced by Associação de Adeptos Sportinguistas


The handbook includes sections on: The importance of organised supporters’ groups; The Portuguese context and European reality; The organisation of football in Portugal and the place of supporters; The role of supporters in the economic life of clubs; Establishing a democratic supporters’ group; Day-to-day activities for supporters’ groups and Conclusions

Guía FASFE para Asociaciones de Aficionados: por qué y cómo los aficionados trabajan para mejorar el fútbol produced by Federación de Accionistas y Socios del Fútbol Español (Fasfe)

The handbook includes sections on: The importance of supporters’ trusts; activities of supporters’ trusts; the role of FASFE; How to establish a supporters’ trust; Governance and day-to-day management; Membership; Raising finance; and The SAD model

En Medlem, En Röst produced by Svenska Footbollssupporter- unionen (SFSU)

The handbook includes sections on: What is the 50+1 rule; Current situation in Sweden; Why is being a member of your club important; Why members are important to clubs; Case studies; Social value of football in Sweden and Recommendations.
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