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The ‘Clubs and Supporters for better Governance in Football’ project has officially begun – kicking off two years of exchange, collaboration and cooperation across seven EU member states.

It is a two-year project, coordinated by SD Europe, and co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and UEFA. The project will help promote EU principles on good governance in sport. It will do this through a training, education and exchange programme involving member-run football clubs and national supporters’ organisations; covering the…

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L’Aquila Me’, the supporters’ trust at Lega Pro club L’Aquila, have presented a proposal to their club for the trust to acquire a ‘golden’ shareholding, of 1% but with a number of key rights attached.

The trust hopes that the proposal will lead to a strengthening of the relationship between the club and its local community, and have developed the proposals with the advice and assistance of Supporters in Campo, the Italian national organisation for democratic supporters’ groups.

The proposed rights attached…

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Earlier this week, Israeli club Maccabi Haifa were ordered to appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the local Football Association, regarding flares shown at the derby against Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Whilst this is in line with normal procedure, saw the Israeli Disciplinary Committee invite the Maccabi Haifa supporters’ trust to provide their perspective on events – an almost unprecedented occurrence. The trust accepted, and were represented by Israfans, the national supporters’ organisation. Member of the Disciplinary Committee, prof. Miguel Deutsch said:…

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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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‘110 years of history and passion’. If one image could sum up the weekend’s events in Ancona, a banner displayed by supporters during the short film that opened Sunday’s conference might well be it. There were many organisations and institutions represented at the Stadio del Conero, but all were clear on one point: something is changing in Italian football, and the Marche club is at its heart.

Perhaps the overriding sensation at the conclusion of the event was the sheer range…

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In summer of 2010, supporters around the world celebrated football at the top level. From Norway to New Zealand and Canada to Honduras, people were tuned in: celebrating, lamenting, discussing, and revelling in the World Cup atmosphere. All except a port city in Italy, where the owner of the local club, A.C. Ancona, had failed to meet the financial licensing criteria of Lega Serie B and abandoned the club, leaving it facing extinction.

It is no secret that financial strife is…

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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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