Club-fan links added to UEFA club licensing system

As of club licensing cycle 2012/2013 UEFA will apply new criteria named “Supporters Liaison Officer”, which is a brand new criterion not only for the club licensing, but European football in general. By the way, this criterion will be applied as a pilot project within the FFA Club Licensing System as of current licensing cycle.
UEFA cooperates with British «Supporters Direct» organization for the development and application of this project. We’ve applied to Mr. Stuart Dykes, representative of the “Supporters Direct”, asking to provide our users with more detailed information on the issue. You will find his article here.
«Supporters Direct» - What do we do?

- Supporters Direct campaigns for the wider recognition of the social, cultural and economic value of sports clubs.
- Sports clubs and competitions are increasingly being put at risk by short-term vested interests, poor financial management and inadequate standards of governance; we are the UK's leading body working to ensure that clubs are run responsibly and are financially sustainable.
- Supporters Direct aims to create the conditions in which supporters can secure influence and ownership of sports clubs.
- Supporters Direct provides guidance and support to groups in more than 16 countries throughout Europe.
- Supporters Direct promotes the value of supporter ownership to sports fans, empowering them to set up supporters' trusts or become members of existing trusts.
- Supporters Direct is a community benefit society, owned by its members.

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