Helmut Spahn - Director Safety, Security and Access
Helmut Spahn - Director Safety, Security and Access, FIFA, Switzerland
Helmut Spahn is Director Security of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), former Director General of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), former president of the famous and prestigious football club Kickers Offenbach and spent over 20 years as a high-ranking officer in the German police force. Spahn was formerly Head of Security for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and Chief Security Officer for the German Football Association (Deutscher Fussball-Bund, DFB). He has been a UEFA Security Officer for the Champions League and Europa League as well as UEFA Euro 2012.
Early life, training and education
Born 19 March 1961 in Seligenstadt, Germany, Spahn received his training at the Senior Police Service in Wiesbaden and the Police Academy in Munster. He graduated with a degree in Management from the University of Applied Science Wiesbaden, where he also lectured Management Studies.
Spahn began his career in law enforcement in 1984 in Hessen, Germany, where he served on the local police force and did service in the riot police unit. He went on to hold several key positions, including becoming the platoon leader and lead training officer for the riot police unit. Spahn was appointed as the Head of Security and Public Order of the Frankfurt Police Directorate in 2000, before becoming Head of the Special Deployment Commando of the Frankfurt Police.
Security for major sports events
From 2006 to 2011 Spahn was Chief Security Officer for the German Football Association. Spahn served as the Head of Security for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ from 2003 to 2006, as Head of Security for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany™ and has been a UEFA security officer for the Champions League and Europa League since 2007, as well as for UEFA Euro 2012. As Director General of the ICSS, from 2011 to 2017, he was in demand as an expert on security advice and opinion all over the world in different Sports, including the Olympics 2012 in London, Sochi 2014 and 2016 in Rio, as well as the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and World Cup 2014 in Brazil and the Boston Marathon for example. In his current function as Director Security at FIFA he is now responsible for all FIFA Tournaments and Events across the globe.
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