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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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The SLO role has been a personnel requirement under the licensing regulations of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) ever since it become mandatory under UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations at the start of the 2012/13 season.
From this time the KNVB has intensified its efforts to help clubs and supporters to understand and embrace the value of the project.
More than ten SLO meetings have been organised in the last three years, some alongside safety and security meetings,…

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SD Europe has been granted the observer status on the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence (TR-V) with effect from 16 January 2016 and for a renewable period of three years in accordance with the Standing Committee Rules of Procedure.

The Standing Committee is the body in charge of monitoring the application of the European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events. The main mission of the Standing Committee is to make sure the state parties…

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Under the regulations of the German Football League (DFL) every Bundesliga club is required to employ at least two full-time SLOs.

Elsewhere, SLOs are deployed by clubs down to the fourth tier and beyond. Together, the German Football Association (DFB) and the DFL also fund more than 50 socio-pedagogical fan projects, having substantially increased the budget two years ago. The number of violent incidents in German football has been falling for many years. There is still room for improvement, however, especially…

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Serie B (the 2nd tier of the Italian football pyramid) believe that clubs need to continue improving the dialogue with supporters, the lifeblood of the game, and recommend that they should see the SLO project not as an obligation but as a landmark achievement, an investment and a resource. For this reason, Serie B have launched an SLO training programme that aims to help clubs better understand and attend to the needs of their supporters.
Last week, at the invitation of…

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Following a recent SLO workshop in Sweden, the Swedish Football League (SEF) ran a piece on its website that included an interview with of SD Europe/UEFA SLO Coordinator Stuart Dykes.

We are happy to reproduce a translation of the piece here.

The Swedish Football League (SEF) held their annual SLO workshop in the second week of November (14.11.2015) with the participation of SD Europe/UEFA SLO Coordinator Stuart Dykes. The workshop took place in Solna and was attended by the SEF and eighteen club…

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