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The FBA Welcomes Belgian FA as First Member Association Partner

The Football Business Academy and the Royal Belgian Football Association have entered into an agreement that will see the Swiss educational institution collaborate with Belgium’s governing body for football.



“We are excited to start our partnership with The FBA as part of our commitment to innovation. By sharing knowledge and welcoming new ideas, the RBFA will be able to enhance internal resources in all possible domains, while providing up and coming football business talent with valuable learning opportunities.”

– Manu Leroy, Marketing & Communications Director, RBFA


“It’s a pleasure to welcome the Royal Belgian FA into The FBA Family and even more so as we kick-off a men’s World Cup and women’s European Championship year. Both on and off the pitch, the RBFA has been making strides towards innovation and the RBFA Knowledge Centre is the embodiment of that objective. We are looking forward to help advance numerous areas of the FA and on a personal note, having grown up in Belgium, I am eager to see the fruits of our partnership benefit the development of the country’s football ecosystem and its impact internationally.”

– Kristian Dobrev, Chief Partnerships Officer, The FBA


The Football Business Academy is delighted to officialize its partnership with the Royal Belgian Football Association, the first national football association to join in its mission.

As the country’s largest sport federation, the RBFA constitutes the official representation of football in Belgium. It is among the world’s oldest national football associations and was a founding member of both FIFA in 1904 and of UEFA in 1954. The RBFA organizes both from an administrative as from a sports perspective Belgian football and is in this capacity also responsible for the National teams – the Belgian Red Devils and the Red Flames being its main ambassadors. Its statutory mission and goal are to promote football in all its forms and to develop initiatives to sensitize its affiliates, members, and the public for the values of the RBFA such as fair-play, non-discrimination, and respect.

Through the RBFA Knowledge Centre, the federation has been seeking to amplify its knowledge sharing and education activities by collaborating with various academic and educational entities. This is turn provides valuable resources and perspectives to the different departments, which include sports, legal, competitions, marketing, referees, operations, finance, human resources, and the digital office.

Using their wide variety in skills and interests, as well as their academic and professional backgrounds, FBA Candidates will be able to support the RBFA by doing internships and Student Business Projects across relevant departments. The high-level education FBA Candidates receive during the Professional Master in Football Business prepare them to add value during these experiences, thereby benefiting the corresponding FBA Partner.

To kick-off this partnership, the RBFA has sanctioned a Student Business Project where 4 FBA Candidates will rethink the federation’s e-commerce business and propose new ideas and solutions.




Founded in 1895, the Royal Belgian Football Association is the governing body of football in Belgium. The association organizes the country’s men’s, women’s, youth, all abilities and esports national teams, as well as Belgium’s professional and amateur divisions, the women’s competitions, and the futsal competitions.

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The Football Business Academy is a Swiss-based high level international educational institution whose goal is to accelerate the professionalization of the football industry and develop future leaders in the game. Founded in 2017, its flagship program – the Professional Master in Football Business – was co-developed with international football industry experts from around the world around one foremost objective: to provide Candidates with all the necessary tools and an optimal learning environment in order to succeed in this passionate and dynamic industry. Other partners of The FBA include Beach Soccer Worldwide, Standard de Liège, Venezia FC, ESSMA, Benfica and the Asian Football Confederation.

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The FBA x RBFA – Press Release