The 12 month Professional Master of The FBA is divided into 4 modules. In order to deliver the best football business leaders of tomorrow, we believe it is essential for our Candidates to gain knowledge of the football industry across all three dimensions: the past, as a cultural sensibility is essential to understand the origins and (recent) history of the sport; the present, in order to discover all football stakeholders and analyse the best practices; and future, because in this ever moving industry, it is crucial to come with an innovative mind, with new ideas and solutions to better address today’s key issues and develop tomorrow’s opportunities.
By combining this knowledge with participation at Soccerex events, our Candidates will be prepared to start their provided internship (Module 3) where they will be able to use their acquired skills and contacts, get a foot in the industry and learn first-hand how it works.
Finally, the fourth module combines a Student Business Project with additional industry specifics for Candidates to expand their knowledge of. The SBP will be sanctioned by one of our Partner Network members and will give Candidates the opportunity to work in teams on a real project given by a football club, federation, or other football-related organization, thereby allowing them to keep moving forward into the football industry.
Typical learning week during online modules
Please find below the program details
Intro Week • 1 week
The Intro Week allows our Candidates to foster bonds with each other, Professors and staff, while also starting to develop their portfolio of business contacts. It typically revolves around a Soccerex event, complemented by workshops and stadium visits, thereby kicking off the program in a unique and powerful way.
Introduction to the Football industry
Module 1 • 11 weeks • Online
The first module is an introduction to the football industry which provides students with a broad overview and a strong emphasis on ethics.
Global Football History
Law in Football
Political Economy of Football
Ethics and Professionalism
Financial Strategy in Football
March Edition: From beginning of March 2018 to end of May 2018
September Edition: From mid-September 2018 to end of November 2018
Football industry specifics
Module 2 • 11 weeks • Online
The second module goes deeper, teaching our Candidates the different aspects that the football industry entails.
Stadium Operations (Powered by ESSMA)
Women’s Football Development
Sponsorship and Partnership
Marketing and Digital Era
Media and Communication
From June 2018 to mid-August 2018
From December 2018 to end of February 2019
Module 3 • 12 weeks
A provided internship by The FBA at one of our Partner Network members for Candidates to get hands-on experience in the football industry.
March Edition: Between mid-August 2018 and end of November 2018
September Edition: Between March 2019 and mid-June 2019
Student Business Project, Field Trips
Module 4 • 10 weeks • Geneva
While working on the SBP and participating in insightful Field Trips, the fourth module covers additional industry specifics for Candidates to expand their knowledge of.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Internationalization of Football
Leadership in Football
March Edition: From December 2018 to end of February 2019
September Edition: From mid-June 2019 to end of August 2019
Welcome to the Football industry!
Education. For life.
At The FBA, we are well aware of how fast the football industry keeps growing and changing. Yet, contrary to how other professional industries such as law, medicine, or accounting are set up, football has been lacking a learning structure, which allows its professionals to continuously re-educate themselves and truly understand how new trends or laws can influence their business success. Therefore, our commitment to our alumni is to give them lifetime access to course material and FBA events so they can stay ahead of the game and exchange ideas and opinions with younger generations, thereby creating a unique, continuous learning environment which benefits everyone involved.
Online program, an innovative way of learning
The FBA is based on a model of eLearning for Modules 1 and 2, resulting in
several direct advantages for our Candidates while maintaining all the advantages
of a physical program:
Possibility to learn from any place at any time via our virtual campus, and hence have more time to prepare the transition.
Reducing the overall investment by taking living/relocation costs out of the equation and being able to work simultaneously.
Being part of a truly international class.
Following courses given by the best international Professors and Guest Lecturers, as they themselves are also not limited by time or location in order to share their knowledge and insights.
4 to 10 live videoconferences every week to interact with Candidates, Professors, and Guest Lecturers.
Contact Candidates, Professors and administration at any time directly via our dedicated platform.