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Wed. 21 December 2016

Seventh edition of the FIFA/CIES University Network Prize: 15 projects competing!

For the seventh 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 the 23rd of January 2017.

The FIFA/CIES International University Network Prize was created in 2011, with a view to rewarding original work aimed at furthering understanding of sports-related phenomena and developing 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 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:


Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires

Fabián Boue, Leandro Carrizo, José Luis Diaz, Manuel Fernando Laborde

“Transfers of minor players. The need for regulation”

Analysis of the issues related to removing young athletes from their family environment when they are transferred to major urban clubs.


Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal

Ndeye Amy Birama Fall, Mamadou Ndiaye, Isaac Massano Diatta, Alsény Diallo, Abdoullahi Diop

“The Eco-Sports Games at the Lake Rose. Promotion of tourism through sport for sustainable development of the Lake Retba Community”

Organisation of sports games to enhance the value of the Lake Retba (Lac Rose) site and to contribute, through sport, to improvement of the lake environment.


Universidad Santo Tomás, Santiago, Chile

Gonzalo Andrés Correa Brinkmann, Fernanda Pilar Portales López, Felipe Ignacio Maturana Salamanca, José Luis Villanueva Ahumada

“The Football Experience”

Offering amateur players and football “consumers” the opportunity to have a “professional player” experience through the organisation, in iconic football cities, of sports events based on professional methodologies using ad hoc infrastructures. 


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Garth Anderson, Wayde Douglas, Nicholas Stephenson, Laiken Abrahams, Abigail Thompson.

“Sports Development Model Aimed at Enhancing Sport in Disadvantaged Regions in the Eastern Cape”

Creating sports development programmes aimed at reducing the inequalities that characterise the sports sector in the Eastern Cape Province; educating coaches focusing on modern principles; providing schools with multi-purpose equipment in order to reduce the impact of limited resources.


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Edmund Jeneker, Marothi Letsoalo, Kegoikantse Kgomo, Luzuko Zono

“Sport at South African Universities and the impact of the Varsity Sports Series”

Ascertaining the impact that the Varsity Sports Series and other sponsorships have had on the activities of sport at universities in South Africa; discussing various aspects of sport at tertiary education level.


University of Cairo, Egypt

Ahmed Hemeda Sayed, Amr Muhammed Adel, Moamen Galaa Abo Alhassan, Nader Gamal Zakary

“Orphan's Football’. The Role of Sport to Change the lives of Orphans”

Educating orphans aged 10 to 16 through football and English, to give them an educational background helping them to become fulfilled human beings both physically and socially, as well as to foster health.


Universidad de Costa Rica, San José

Sebastián Alfaro Alarcón, Claudia Natalia Calderón Moreno, Kimberly Molina Viales, María de los Ángeles Quesada Zárate

“Developing a plan to create a national network intended to reinforce adapted and Paralympic sport in Costa Rica”

Creating synergies and fostering an inclusive education system in order to enhance sports awareness for persons with disabilities and to reinforce cooperation in the field of adapted and Paralympic sport.


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

Kyome Pascall Mortley, Michelle Hee Chung-David, Vernetta Flanders

“Project Kick Off Census: The Trinidad and Tobago Edition”

Project intended to collect, process and make use of relevant data in order to develop targeted policies for women’s football; creating a tool to ensure appropriate sharing of resources, opening pathways to lead athletes from amateur sport to podiums; triggering interest among girls and young women for other aspects of sport such as coaching, administration or representative positions.


Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine

Hana Assi, Motasem Assi, Waad Dwaik

“Go ahead, you deserve it!”

Giving Palestinian women the right and the opportunities to play football on an equal footing with men, breaking down the psychological barriers which characterise their environment; using sports psychology as a tool to build and restore confidence of young girls in their sporting abilities and their potential to tackle the challenges of community and traditional issues. 


Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine

Saria Mohammad Omar, Abeer Harab


Creating a business with the main objective of encouraging mothers to practise sport at home in order to convey the fundamentals of sporting practice to their children; building a new generation who adopts sport as an integral part of their daily lives.


Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Santiago Llop Indacochea, Teresa Nó Fernández de Trocóniz

“Cooperation convention for accessible sport”

Analysing the various difficulties facing groups of persons with disabilities when it comes to organisation of sports activities; establishing a template reference contract for use of sports infrastructures between municipalities and groups of persons with disabilities.


Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela

Héctor González, Roger Rondón

“Overcoming the BARRIER. Football education model intended for the deaf, based on bilingual teaching and accessibility”

Defining a model divided into three stages (methodology, application, certification) to allow persons affected by hearing loss to play football competitively and to be help them find their place in society.


Universidad San Martín de Porres, Lima, Peru

Carlos Del Río, Arturo León, Leonardo Torres, Oswaldo Yalta

“Development of disadvantaged communities through football”

Implementing a sustainable model offering children and teenagers in disadvantaged communities comprehensive training through sport, thereby creating an “elite” sports training centre.


Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland

Joanna Bloch, Szymon Kabatnik, Lukasz Krawczyk

“Business Plan for the Platform”

Creating an internet communication platform intended to create contacts between all stakeholders in amateur sports teams (offers of infrastructures, coaching offers, exchange of experience, etc.)


Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Mikhail Beregovoy, Aleksey Berezin, Andrey Medvedev, Elena Stenkina, Evgeniya Stepanova

“Business model of interactive park for sport entertainment StadiON: edutainment, emotional marketing and sponsorship”

Developing a new model fostering a commitment to sport on the part of young people and the public; informing and educating on sport using interesting and modern methods based on new technologies and IT solutions”

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