EPFL and Swiss Football League target Fan Management as priority at Leagues’ competitions


International Workshop on Safety & Security gathers major experts in Zurich

The EPFL and the Swiss Football Leagues will organise an International Workshop on “Stadia Safety and Security at Leagues’ Competition” on 14/15 March 2012. Building on the great success of the 1st Edition of this Workshop, organized in Athens in December 2010, this initiative will gather in Zurich a great number of well-known specialists from Leagues and other football organizations spanning all over Europe with the aim of promoting best practices in this field.

The list of high level speakers shall include Dr. Michel D?Hooghe, Member of FIFA Executive Committee and Chairman of FIFA Medical Committee, Heinrich Schifferle and Claudius Schäfer, President and CEO of the Swiss Football League respectively, as well as senior representatives from English Premier League, Football League, French LFP, Scottish Premier League, Polish Ekstraklasa, FIFA, UEFA, PSG, Hertha Berlin, FC Porto and FC Luzern, among others, as per official programme enclosed.

In pursuance of the EPFL Convention Against Violence in Professional Football and its implementation plan, this workshop will focus on fan management and on the roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders accountable for guaranteeing safety and security in Leagues’ competitions, giving an overview on the necessary coordination among all the relevant parties and co-operation between Leagues, clubs, specialized police forces, supporters’organisations, various public authorities and stewards.

A special attention will be given to the promotion of a safe environment before, during and after the organization of football matches such as:

  • Mechanisms to build better relations with fans and understand their behaviour at football matches
  • Stadia modernisation and its impact on safety and security and a greater event 
  • Practices used to fight against violence, lack of security and anti-social behaviour in stadia
  • The role of national public authorities in the eradication of violence surrounding football
  • Risk management procedures and methods
  • Mechanisms and rules on access of spectators to stadia
  • Technological means to monitor and control spectators’behaviour before, during and after matches
  • Safe and comfortable stadia, as well as the general match-day environment, including the different clubs’initiatives to enhance the overall stadium experience of fans
  • The control of supporters’behaviour via a possible charter or code of conduct or other initiatives
  • that motivate supporters to have a proper conduct and create a friendly atmosphere at football matches, which shall be distributed to all Clubs for enforcement supported by agreed compliance and monitoring systems to include:
    • educating spectators and clubs’s upporters to promote sporting ideals and the notion of fair play on standards of acceptable behaviour whether on signs at the venue, via the PA system and/or on tickets; and
    • informing spectators on items that are prohibited inside the stadia and instituting random searches.

In addition, the European Leagues will discuss about policies and procedures used in enhancing security surrounding football matches, with the analysis of practices and measures applied in each country, the existing legal frameworks (national law, sporting regulations, code of conducts for spectators, etc.) and public policy related with the security and fight against violence surrounding professional football matches.

The EPFL International Workshop, shall be hosted by the Swiss Football League over the course of two days, on Wednesday 14 March (13:00 – 17:30) and Thursday 15 March 2012 (09:00 – 14:00), in Zurich, at the Zurich Letzigrund Stadium.

Media wishing to attend the event are kindly invited to confirm participation to the EPFL Administration: communication@europeanleagues.com , by Tuesday 13 March 2012.

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