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Tue. 06 October 2020

Female Leaders and the 21st Edition FIFA Master Class

Picture: The class begin face-to-face teaching by using DMU track and trace Apps, social distancing and wearing face masks at all times

The students of the 21st edition of the FIFA Master arrived in Leicester on the weekend of 19th/20th September 2020 ready to begin their academic journey on the course. However, in order to comply with current regulations, the class were first required to complete a quarantine period in their halls of residence. 

As part of this initial period off-campus, a special online Induction event was organized on Monday 21st September to welcome the postgraduate students to Leicester for the opening of the Humanities of Sport module at De Montfort University. 

After attendance over the next 14 days in online tutorials, lectures and webinars to complete these quarantine requirements, the class were then able to begin face-to-face campus based teaching on Monday 5th October.

The FIFA Master course Scientific Committee are extremely proud of the 21st edition class for fully respecting these early regulations, but which were necessary to ensure the safe start of the Master for 2020/21. 

Notably, this academic year the class will be the first ever edition of the FIFA Master to include more female candidates than men. This is an excellent recruitment result and one which is welcomed by the course team, and the partner institutions of De Montfort University, SDA Bocconi and University of Neuchatel. It also follows curriculum development work in recent years with an even greater focus on issues such as equality, women's sport, female leadership and inclusion in international sport, during the academic year.

As with previous editions, the class have again come together from a wide range of countries, with Australia, Kenya, USA, Argentina, South Africa, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Sweden, Canada, Turkey, Jordan, Senegal, Egypt, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, Croatia, Cameroon, India, Russia and Singapore all represented for 2020/21.

Despite the recent global disruption, the course Scientific Committee were delighted to see the new cohort so prepared and motivated to begin their studies, and are very much looking forward to working with them as they begin their new academic journey together.

Welcome to Fabi, Nisrein, Sara, Hossamedin, Lorenzo C., Fabio, Thomas, Zeina, Francesca, Rebecca, Amra, Mazhar, Lorenzo M., Nitish, Muhammad, Charlotte, Heather, Mario, David, Stanislav, Pema, Malin, Idy, Dilara and Diana.

FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, ranked No.1 Course in Europe 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 by the SportBusiness International global rankings.

Organised by CIES in partnership with De Montfort University (United Kingdom), SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).


As of 1st October 2020 the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has officially opened the application process for the 22nd edition (2021-2022) of the FIFA Master.

Please note that the deadline for applying is midnight Central European Time on Friday 8th of January 2021. Only complete applications received by this date will be considered by the Scientific Committee. 

Please click on this link to access the online application form

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