The Sport Conventions Team of the Council of Europe (CoE) is hosting a webinar entitled ‘Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on national and international Safety, Security and Service policies and practices at football and other sports events’ on Thursday 19th November from 9:30 to 13:00.

Football Supporters Europe (FSE) will deliver a presentation on the pandemic’s impact on fans and their relationships with other stakeholders. Experts from France, the Netherlands, Portugal, and United Kingdom will also contribute, as will UEFA and FIFA.

Adapting to the ‘New Normal’ and Beyond

The coronavirus and the measures taken by national authorities to stop its spread have had a significant impact on the organisation of sports events across the world. As more and more states transition to a “new normal” or enter in a “second wave”, new challenges arise, including how to guarantee the safety and security of sports events and adapt to the social and economic effects of public health restrictions.

The webinar aims to facilitate an exchange of views between public authorities and sports organisations on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the organisation of sports events, with a focus on policies and practices to guarantee safety, security and service at sport events.

Challenges and Good Practice

Participants will discuss the key findings of the Council of Europe survey on “the impact of Covid-19” launched in summer 2020 and share their most recent experiences in organising football matches and other sports events.

In addition to the exchange of experience, challenges will be identified, recommendations and good practices will be shared for the sport season that has started in most European countries.

The webinar is not entirely public. It is open to all national delegates and observers from the Standing Committee (T-RV) of the Spectator Violence Convention and to the States Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports Events (St Denis Convention), as well as to all observers and CoE involved partners in this field.

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