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Forum for development and collaboration in Swedish Football

December 5-6 2017, ENABLE hosted a two-day educational forum in Stockholm, to bring key stakeholders from across Sweden together to discuss the latest evidence, theory and examples of good practice. The event was organised in partnership with Swedish Elite Football, the Swedish Police Authority and the Swedish Football Supporters Union (SFSU).

Read more about the event here.


Swedish version of our ENABLE 2016 report on policing

A Swedish version of our report on policing (published on in August 2016) is now available in a Swedish version.

The report goes on to provide a series of recommendations for the future development of football policing in Sweden. Central to these is the empowerment and coordination of dialogue based approaches to the policing of football supporters in Sweden.

Download the report “Publikhantering i svensk fotboll”



ENABLE report on policing of football in Sweden calls for greater investment in Dialogue

policingfootball_SE_coverOn the 1st August 2016 the ENABLE project releases its first major report based upon a series of observations of the policing operations surrounding football matches in Sweden. Its research is led by Europe’s leading academic research team in this field, based at the University of Keele in the UK and the University of Southern Demark, using some of the most innovative research methods currently available. The project is currently funded by Gålöstiftelsen and Länsstyrelsen Stockholm. ENABLE was established in late 2014 to provide a comprehensive, evidence based and objective analysis of the safety and security challenges confronting football in Sweden and to explore the many complex and often inter-related factors that impinge upon them. ENABLE has taken this approach so that relevant policy makers have a clear understanding of the nature of these problems and challenges but also a series of evidence based recommendations about how potential solutions might best be constructed.

ENABLE is a multi-agency international collaboration with more than 40 partners and stakeholders from both inside and outside Sweden. Since its inception the project has undertaken twelve observations of Allsvenskan fixtures using teams of international experts within which the Swedish Police Authority, through their National Development Centre in Stockholm, have been central participants. This intimate partnership between academic researchers and the police has provided the project with invaluable information to help understand the nature of the surrounding policing operations and the challenges they confront. The report highlights the vital role of this partnership and the openness of the Swedish Police Authority to critical academic analysis. The “Swedish Police’s transparency and openness is a hallmark of leading edge and democratic policing and in this regard alone the support and collaboration we have been privileged to receive positions the Swedish Police service as world leading”, says the report’s authors led by Professor Clifford Stott, co-lead of ENABLE and first author of the report

The report provides a detailed, comprehensive, in depth and powerful review of the nature of the safety and security problems being confronted by Swedish top flight football and in so doing provides some critical analysis of existing practices, as well as exploring current strengths and opportunities for further development. One of the central issues that the report identifies are problems in terms of proactive verbal and friendly engagement from police ‘front line’ staff. The authors point out this is not an unusual problem unique to Sweden and is keen not to attribute blame to individual officers. “Of course we have seen examples of individual officers engaging proactively and positively with fans. However, the general pattern indicates a significant and widespread problem with positive engagement”, argues Professor Clifford Stott and his colleagues. This relative lack of proactive positive engagement from the police creates problems because it sits in contrast to their own stated strategic goals and undermines police capacity to manage crowd events in ways that can potentially avoid and otherwise de-escalate tensions in the short, medium and long term.

The report goes on to provide a series of recommendations for the future development of football policing in Sweden. Central to these is the empowerment and coordination of dialogue based approaches to the policing of football supporters in Sweden. The report points out that this is an area of crowd policing where Sweden are global leaders having influenced how policing is conducted in other countries such as the UK. The authors point positively to two relatively recent initiatives in this regard. “Both the development of the Event police concept” first created by the police in Helsingborg “and the Stockholm evenemangs police are two very promising initiatives that need further attention”. But Professor Stott and his team go on to highlight an important breakdown in the nationally coordinated policing reforms that took place following the riots in Gothenburg in 2001, referred to as the Special Police Tactic. They assert that “the police can benefit from nationally unified clear and coherent concepts, competency profiles and training framework” and this one of the central areas where the report recommends that police in Sweden should focus development moving forward.

Now the report is published ENABLE moves on to the next stage of project development focused itself on discussion and dialogue among its stakeholder partners. The first step in this process is the ENABLE national conference on the 16th August 2016 at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. The conference is free to attend and provides an opportunity for the ENABLE research team to present its core findings and central recommendations and then for representatives of each of the major stakeholders, including Mikael Berkesand, the National Policing Lead for football in Sweden, to provide a formal response. The event will conclude with a discussion among these stakeholders about how to move forward in the spirt of collaborative partnership upon which the report itself was made possible.

Read more about the conference here

Download the report here


Questions about the report, please contact

Professor Clifford Stott; Keele University, UK. Telephone no.: +44 798 953 4508

Filip Lundberg, Djurgårdens IF, Sweden. Telephone no.: + 46 (0) 760 263 671

Jonas Havelund, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Telephone no.: + 45 21 37 97 12

The top 32 Swedish clubs support ENABLE

ENABLE has recently secured funding for a four-year extension of the project made possible by funding from Gålö Foundation and Stockholm Advisory Board. Additionally through the support of Swedish Elite Football all 32 clubs from Allsvenskan and Superettan have now joined and agreed to support and as such ENABLE is now ready enter into a new phase with a significant expansion of its activities throughout 2016.

“The funding represents a major breakthrough in terms of our capacity to bring about evidence based solutions to the problems confronting Swedish football in terms of safety and security. We are extremely grateful to the Galo Foundation and the Stockholm Advisory Board for making this possible. Their support is not just important practically. It represents a very important endorsement of the work that we have done so far. We will build on these successes and our activities through 2016 will produce meaningful and important research that will have a measureable impact on the situation. ” says Dr. Clifford Stott, University of Leeds who is project co-lead.

The CEO of Svensk Elitboll Mats Enquist is pleased that all Swedish clubs have joined ENABLE:

“With ENABLE we get an independent project organisation that can offer us evidence based solutions and guidance that can optimise the clubs’ and other stakeholder’s work on safety and security issues. The ENABLE-project provides us, a platform for an objective analysis. In this way ENABLE helps us to facilitate answers on how we and other important stakeholders can work in the best possible ways. As this is done through bringing international experience to bear, its research and evidence-based methods only strengthens its legitimacy. It is very appreciated to have this support so that we can concentrate on doing the right things instead of debating differences of opinions.”

In 2016 a series of activities will be initiated starting with a High-level workshop in Gothenburg 9-10 February (LINK) followed by the yearly ENABLE conference held in March in Stockholm. More information on that conference will follow shortly. The project will then conduct a series of observations in Sweden and abroad throughout 2016.

“The observations give us the opportunity to add an international perspective to the Swedish context as we bring in competences from supporter’s organisations, police institutions and universities. This brings a lot of value to the project” says Filip Lundberg, Djurgårdens IF who is project co-lead.

With all clubs from Allsvenskan and Superettan in the project as well as a long list over other participants the project is unique:

“To have clubs, supporters, police and academics in the same project is remarkable. It offers us a platform for multi-agent collaboration that is very unique”, says Jonas Havelund, University of Southern Denmark.

Participating Swedish clubs


BK_Hacken Falkenbergs_FF
AIK Stockholm BK Häcken Djurgårdens IF Falkenbergs FF
Gif Sundsvall Halmstads Hammarby
Gefle IF GIF Sundsvall Halmstads BK Hammarby IF
elfsborg IFKGoteborg Kalmar
Helsingborgs IF IF Elfsborg IFK Göteborg Kalmar FF
Noorkoping Noorkoping orebro atvidabergs
Malmö FF IFK Norrköping Örebro SK Åtvidabergs FF FC



Assyriska Athletic degerfors degerfors
Assyriska F Athletic FC United Brommapojkarna Degerfors IF
Gais varnamo Frej j-sodra
GAIS IFK Värnamo IF Frej Täby Jönköpings Södra
Ljungskile mjallby Sirius syrianska
Ljungskile Mjällby IK Sirius Syrianska FC
utsiktens varbergs angelsholm ostersund
Utsiktens BK Varbergs BoIS FC Ängelholms FF Östersunds FK

Enable launches new website

As part of it’s second phase, Enable has launched a new website. Designed to a new brand, it has been set up to give visitors as much information as possible about the project’s development.

Enable Secures Phase 2 Funding

ENABLE has secured phase two funding. During 2015 we applied to Gålöstiftelsen and the County Administrative Board of Stockholm for substantial funding to allow for phase two developments and ENABLE was awarded a total grant of 8.5 million SEK to fund activity across the next four years. Phase two of ENABLE revolves around a series of inter-related work programs from January 2016.

Click here to read more about the grants.