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Supporters groups from 24 professional football clubs in the Netherlands have joined forces to form the Supporterscollectief Nederland, which was officially launched this week.

Supporterscollectief Nederland aims to represent the interests of all football supporters in the Netherlands, from those who follow their teams home and away, loyal season ticket holders to the occasional visitors. The underlying philosophy is that all these people should be able to experience football in the way that they want.

The organisation has been born following an extensive…

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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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Cava United Football Club, the first Italian team to be wholly owned and managed by its supporters, and partners in the ‘Clubs and Supporters for Better Governance in Football’ project, secured promotion to Italy’s Seconda Categoria on Saturday. Fittingly, it came with a 2-0 victory at home to Don Bosco 200.

As the club’s report alludes to, this was a journey that began after last season’s play-off defeat:

“Our victory began on the evening of June 21st when, after the lost play-off final match,…

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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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In the first of what will be a regular series, we caught up for a quick chat with Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, Director of Policy at FIFPro Division Europe; to discuss their work, and in particular their on-going campaign to overhaul the global transfer system.

 

For those who don’t know: who is FIFPro and what do you do?

FIFPro is the global trade union body of professional football players. We have 58 members, who are independent, player-driven footballers’ unions. Collectively we represent approximately 60,000…

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