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The FBA and World Football Summit formalize a 3-year Academic Partnership

After several years of fruitful collaboration and active participation in various World Football Summit (WFS) events worldwide, The Football Business Academy (FBA) is proud to announce the formalization of an Academic Partnership for the next 3 years with the esteemed organization. This milestone marks the coronation of a longstanding relationship between The FBA and World Football Summit, characterized by shared values and mutual dedication to advancing the global football industry, generating a long-lasting impact on the backbone of collaboration among all of its stakeholders.

Born in 2016, World Football Summit has consolidated as the premier connection platform for the world’s most popular sport, organizing and hosting events where industry leaders, decision-makers, and stakeholders from all around the globe congregate to network and shape the future of the game and its business. Celebrating its 7th-year anniversary, The FBA has also consistently worked towards its main purpose: accelerating the professionalization of the football industry through higher education programs. Having its Candidates participate in WFS events and be exposed to worldwide leaders from different areas of the business responds to one of the main pillars of building a successful career in the industry”: Networking. The FBA believes that facilitating connections, the importance of creating a net-worth, and the exchange of knowledge have a nurturing impact on any professional. The football we want and need is global; therefore, WFS’ ambition to host its events in every major region of the world acts as the perfect match for The FBA.

Joining forces with WFS and becoming their official Academic Partner is an important milestone for The FBA. Year after year, their events have become the must-attend meeting point for the global football community and exposing FBA Candidates to these events is crucial for their development as future football business leaders. Building on our previous participations and interactions will open up and amplify many synergies that exist between our organizations, and we are excited to double down on using the power of our shared values and platforms to take the football industry to the next level.

Kristian Dobrev, Deputy CEO, The FBA

The football industry needs to welcome well-prepared, and ambitious professionals to help it reach its full potential. A solid education and a powerful network are crucial for this to happen, and we could not think of a better partner than The FBA to help us reach this mission, as we have witnessed first-hand by welcoming some of their alumni to our team over the years.Both organizations strongly believe in the need for all stakeholders to work together in building a football industry we are proud to champion, and we are excited to see the opportunities we can bring to the table.

Marian Otamendi, Co-Founder & Director, World Football Summit

Through years of collaboration and engagement with WFS events, The FBA’s community has consistently demonstrated its commitment to excellence and innovation in football business education. With the Academic Partnership, both companies go the extra mile: securing an enriching experience for FBA Candidates, not only by attending the events but also by participating in exclusive closed-door Master Classes on key topics, in Meet & Greets with top-notch industry leaders, and seeing FBA executives showcase their expertise within the panel sessions across events worldwide.


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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 CONMEBOL, NWSL, USL, Belgian FA, Saudi Pro League, Brighton & Hove Albion,, Rangers FC, SL Benfica, Mazatlán FC, Common Goal, Double Pass and Samba Digital.

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