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Tue. 05 December 2017

8th Edition of the FIFA/CIES University Network Prize: 15 Projects Competing!

For the 8th edition of the FIFA/CIES International University Network, CIES has received fifteen projects before the stipulated deadline. An international jury will next select the award-winning project on 26th January 2018.

The FIFA/CIES International University Network Prize was created in 2011 following a suggestion by the Universidad Católica Argentina. The aim of the prize is to reward original work, further the understanding of sports-related phenomena and also to develop innovative projects on a continental, national, regional and local level. The Prize consists of a trip to Switzerland to visit the FIFA and CIES headquarters as well as the opportunity to present the conclusions of the winning project to the FIFA Master class during the Neuchâtel module.

The fifteen projects selected by the CIES partner universities are as follows:


Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires

Facundo Cino, Juan Franchini, Nicolas Scipioni

"A basis for the development of the Professional League of Futsal in Argentina"


Universidad Santo Tomás, Santiago, Chile

Iván Espinoza, Fabián Marchant, Yerko Olivares, Vincenzo Stefano, Javiera Villalobos

"A plan to improve sports management on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) – Sport and World"


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Kagiso Khaole, Siphelo Gotsana

"A South African lens on the barriers to CAF Champions League participation: Working towards a logistical model for tournament design"


University of Cairo, Egypt

Amr Abbas, Ahmed Fahmy, Akram George

"Research, education, excellence: Working towards the professionalization of sports medicine in Egypt"


Universidad de Costa Rica, San José

Lucrecia Cascante Arroyo, Gioconda Elizondo Navarro, Paula Rodríguez Vargas

"Creation of a stadium / gymnasium with limited carbon impact – A contribution to the national political concept "Costa Rica Carbon Neutrality 2021" - A Project based on the United Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 2016 Paris Agreement"


University of the West Indies, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Damion Mora, Tracy Gonzales

"Force Meltdown" (event proposal to host the inaugural Force Meltdown, a competition for members of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment -TTR)


Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine

Mahmoud Hadadra, Madleen Abu Hatab, Waseem Misk

"Volunteers for Sport: Be in Sport… Be a Volunteer!"


Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Albert Vinuesa Vadillo, Albert Baches Soler, Juan Luis Chaves Coria, Javier Maldonado de la Cuadra, Diego Mariño Roman

"Analysis of University Sports in Spain: Current status, comparison with other models and suggestions to improve the situation"


Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil

Felipe Solleiro, Marcel Souza, Silvia Maria Gontijo Cunha, Vitor Melcop

"Reintegration of high performance athletes in the labour market"


Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela

Luis Miguel Colmenares, Diego Cristaldo, Daniela Palandrani

"The incubator: Birth of a new football"


Universidad San Martín de Porres, Lima, Peru

Ivy Plasencia, Eliot Jurado, Rosendo García, Felipe Ojeda

"Podium Peru" (project enabling young Peruvians to achieve self-development through sport)


Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland

Michal Apiecionek, Jakub Babilon, Beata Blaszczyk, Radoslaw Firlej, Jakub Zaloty?ski 

"Analysis of the employment of football coaches in Europe between 2011 - 2016: An advisory project"


Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Ekaterina Kaznacheeva, Vitaliya Avdeeva, Alexander Agafonov, Nikita Afanasev, Mikhail Kozhevnikov, Anton Serdiuk

"Russia - The country of sport tourism: The creation of a successful model for the organization and development of sport tourism within the territory of the Russian Federation"


Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Aslan Baymatov, Nikolay Danilov-Nitusov, Vitaliy Nazarov, Kirill Perov, Irina Smaylieva

"Deaf football development in Russia"


Paris-Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi

Abdulrazzaq Al-Mahmood, Atanas Tarkalanov, Damir Valeev

"Green Card: Creating a Sustainable Stadia System in the United Arab Emirates"

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