If you want to become a Candidate of The Football Business Academy, you need to be in possession of:
- A bachelor degree
- A good level of conversational English
The length of our Professional Master Degree is 12 months. You can either start in September or March.
At the end of the 12 months, you will get The Football Business Academy Degree which is worth 60 ECTS credits.
In total, The Football Business Academy program costs 30’000 CHF and includes all of the following benefits:
- Soccerex delegate pass for an unparalleled networking opportunity
- Opportunity to attend ESSMA events
- Accommodation during Soccerex Week
- Accommodation during Module 4 in Geneva (2.5 months)
- Guaranteed internship in a football club, federation or football related company
- Transport and accommodation during Field Trips in Module 4
- Lifetime access to course material
- Lifetime access to The FBA career platform
- Lifetime access to The FBA alumni email address
- Lifetime access to The FBA community platform
Once we have received all the necessary documents, the application process usually takes between 10-15 working days.
During the application process, you will be asked to take two interviews via Skype before receiving the final decision from the Admissions Committee.
Although it is not mandatory to participate in the Intro Week, we highly recommend it. You will have the chance to participate in a Soccerex event, which is the football industry’s leading B2B event organizer which brings together experts and decision makers.
By participating in the Intro Week, you will meet all your colleagues and professors, and you will have the chance to create an important portfolio of contacts, which is the key to success in your future career in the football industry. We cannot recommend your participation highly enough!
The classes will be given online only during Module 1 and 2.
The format of online classes is really simple: through our dedicated private platform, Candidates will each week have access to:
- A PDF document for each course;
- An explanatory video from each professor;
- A live group discussion session with each professor.
Each course has a total of 10 sessions and a certain number of required readings and assignments, depending on the course.
Each professor will be contactable through our dedicated Learning Management System.
Apart from having courses with professors, each of you will have your own mentor, who will be assigned in accordance with your main field of interest. The task of the mentor is to guide you by answering your questions, developing your network, and assist with internship or job placements.
During the Football Business Academy program, you will be invited to a Soccerex event in order to gain knowledge and to network with leaders of the football industry. The tuition fees include the entrance to one Soccerex event and the accommodation during that event. Students who wish to participate in more than one Soccerex event or an ESSMA event will be able to enjoy discounted rates thanks to our special partnerships with both of these organizations.
The FBA Field Trips are designed to add a deeper level of understanding to how some of the most remarkable stadiums and important governing bodies operate. Through them, you will benefit from the expertise of the stadium managers and industry experts who will share unique insights and teach you the opportunities and threats of their specific venue or sector, which will represent an incredible asset and benchmark for your future career in the football industry. Field Trips will take place in Europe’s most renowned footballing countries.
We recommend you start by proceeding with your application and put forward the need of financial assistance. We will look and assess the need on a case by case, based on two eligibility criteria:
- High academic achievement
- Proven financial need
We also recommend you try to get in touch with your home country’s sports ministry, football association or similar body and enquire for possible scholarships or grants. We will support you during the process by sending official letters or documents from The FBA as needed.
The Football Business Academy has been created to help you break into the business or management side of football. One of our main goal is to reach 100% of employment for our graduates.
When you graduate from The FBA, your acquired knowledge, experience, and network will give you the possibility to work for football clubs, federations, agencies, or other football related companies.
Here are some positions you might get upon graduating from The FBA:
- Marketing manager
- Stadium manager
- Sponsorship manager
- Event coordinator
- Operations manager
- Sales manager
- Project manager
- Business Intelligence manager
- Media officer
- Communication manager…
Or create your own business thanks to our Entrepreneurship and Innovation course.
The accommodation during module 4 is included in the tuition fees, which means that you will not have to pay for it separately.
Should you need a visa for this period, we will assist by sending you a special acceptance letter. Please check with the Swiss embassy/consulate in your country of citizenship for requirements and procedures.
At The Football Business Academy, our sole aim is to give all the needed tools and skills to become a future leader in the business of football. We therefore can’t help you to become a professional football player.
You can also watch our webinar where most of our teachers present themselves and answer questions you might have.