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The FBA and USL

The FBA and USL to Collaborate for Education

The Football Business Academy (FBA) and the United Soccer League (USL) have entered into an agreement that will see the global leader in football business education and the largest soccer league in North America collaborate. 

“It’s with great pleasure that we officially welcome the USL into The FBA Family. Collaborations like these can unlock tremendous potential and, with the growth that the USL is experiencing, it’s impossible to ignore the need for knowledge sharing, human resources, and strategic development, and we’re extremely proud to be able to support them with that through the incredible talent, skills and ideas that FBA Candidates can bring to the table.”

Kristian Dobrev, Deputy CEO, The FBA

“The USL is pleased to collaborate with The FBA to provide internship opportunities to their students aimed at nurturing the next generation of soccer enthusiasts and professionals. Through mentorship opportunities and league office experience through internships, we envision empowering students to become leaders in the sport, whether on the field, in management, or within the broader soccer industry. Our combined efforts will not only benefit the students but also contribute to the overall growth and development of the sport, both locally and globally.”

Rachel Bukszar, SVP People, USL

The FBA is pleased to officially announce its collaboration with the USL, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, with more than 80 professionals working in 18 functional areas of sport business. The USL oversees three men’s leagues (USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two), two women’s leagues (USL Super League, USL W League), an elite player development platform (USL Academy), and a national youth platform (USL Youth), forming an ecosystem of more than 850 teams.

Thanks to the diverse skills, varied interests, and extensive academic and professional backgrounds of FBA Candidates, they will be able to contribute to USL through internships and Student Business Projects. For USL, this partnership is a chance to gain fresh ideas and international perspectives, complemented by the high-quality education that FBA Candidates receive during their Professional Master in Football Business studies.

This mutually beneficial relationship enables strategic collaboration on significant topics while ensuring a comprehensive learning environment for FBA Master Candidates. Through internships and Student Business Projects, they will benefit while fostering synergies aligned with the league’s business plans and development strategies. As USL aims to advance the game in North America, embracing best practices and contributing economic and sporting value to professional football worldwide, our partnership naturally aligns to fulfill these objectives within The FBA network.

The Football Business Academy is thrilled to join forces with USL to elevate football business education to new heights.


Impacting more than 200 communities, the United Soccer League (USL) is the largest professional soccer organization in North America. The USL is the first and only soccer organization in the United States to build a youth-to-professional pathway for both women and men within one ecosystem. That structure includes three professional leagues: USL Championship (men), USL League One (men) and USL Super League (women), which begins in August 2024.


The Football Business Academy is a global leader in football business education whose goal is to accelerate the professionalization of the football industry and develop current and future leaders in the game. Founded in 2017 and based in Switzerland, The FBA is best known for its flagship degree – the Professional Master in Football Business – which is a 12-month program with two intakes each year.

Furthermore, various football-related stakeholders seek the services of The FBA for the creation and/or delivery of a variety of tailor-made workshops, certificates, or diplomas. Other partners of The FBA include Liga Portugal, NWSL, K League, CONMEBOL, Olympique de Marseille Féminines,, Mazatlán FC, Common Goal, MatchWornShirt, ata football and UNAFUT

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