The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It was created in 1995 as a joint venture between the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel, the City and State of Neuchatel.
Using a multi-disciplinary approach CIES provides research, top-level education and consulting services to the sports world with the aim of overcoming the complexities of sport in today's society and improving how it is governed and managed across all sports.
CIES encourage continual progress and sustainable development in the management of sport around the world by fully utilising its international network of partners. We actively promote the on-going exchange of knowledge and experiences from all of our research and education partners. CIES is where academic research meets practical management, resulting in research-based solutions that can be adapted to local needs and requirements.
Since its inception, CIES has always endeavoured to hire and work with highly qualified and diverse staff. This strategy allowed CIES to become a truly international centre of competence in the field of sport, namely through its numerous partnerships with universities and sports organisations around the globe.
The CIES staff is composed by administrative and scientific employees specialized in its various areas of expertise (law, sociology, geography, history and management). For more information about the CIES staff: cf. THE CIES TEAM