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Tue. 18 July 2017

Relive the "FIFA Master" Conference 2017

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) in Neuchâtel has hosted Thursday 13th July  the "FIFA Master" Final Projects Conference 2017. At this event, the postgraduate students of the" FIFA Master" 17th edition class have presented their research projects and answered questions on their work.

In order to enable the greatest number of people to have access to the presentations and debates, we decided to upload them on youtube.

You can watch the conference again by clicking on the following link:

This video provides an opportunity to see the postgraduates in action, as well as to learn more about the contributions they made to the sports industry this year through their research projects. 


A list of the Final Projects topics can be found below:

Group 1 - Awakening India’s “sleeping giant”: Establishing an applicable league model for a non-dominant football market – Ali Ahmadi Khatir (Iran), Mike-David Burkhard (Switzerland), Sebastian Hassett (Australia), Srinivasan Saimani (India), Shoko Tsuji (Japan)

Group 2 - The Cuban anomaly: to what degree is a nation’s sporting success attributable to its political system? – Ammar Abbas (Palestine), Anna-Lena Buchwalter (France & Germany), Ivan Dubinin (Russia), Sebastian Permain (Australia)

Group 3 - Exploring the Potential of Cross-Border Leagues in European Club Football – Lili Borisova (Bulgaria), Serafino Ingardia (Italy), Kiomari Lopez Torres (Puerto Rico), Doojin Sa (South Korea)

Group 4 - Off the pitch player’s education in European football: A study ofProfessional Footballers’Associations’ initiatives and best practices – Javier Gonzalez (Venezuela & Chile), Dudley Langelier (United Kingdom), Francis Molasoko (France & Congo), Ami Otaki (Japan), Michael Wanner (Germany)

Group 5 - The US Closed League System and its Potential Effect on European Football – Nigel Davies (USA & United Kingdom), Sebastian Frings (Germany), Ya “Agnes” Gao (China), Pia Mackenzie (United Kingdom & Germany)

Group 6 - A 21st Century Love Triangle: Sports Broadcasting, Technology and Law – Manuel Cid Goncalves (Portugal), Ashley Hughes (USA), Sara Panizo Cencerrado (Spain), Ruggero Raymo (Switzerland & Italy)

Group 7 - The evolution of the security paradigm at sport mega events in the twenty-first century – Bhaveshan Moorghen (Mauritius), Ji Sung Park (South Korea), Daria Smirnova (Russia), Zaira Starnai (Italy)


About the “FIFA Master”

The "FIFA Master" - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport was established in 2000 to provide management education to the world of sport. Each year the intensive programme takes international postgraduate students on a unique journey through three different European countries as they study the history, ethics, management and law of sport.

The "FIFA Master" is now firmly established as one of the most respected in international sport management education and has over 90% of its graduates now working in the sports world for organizations including the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), International Olympic Committee (IOC), Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (FIBA), adidas and the Sauber Formula 1 Team.

The “FIFA Master” is organized by the CIES in partnership with De Montfort University (Leicester, UK), SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).