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Mon. 26 September 2022


The course team, partner universities and alumni are proud to reveal that FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport has maintained its position as the No.1 ranked Postgraduate Sport Management course in Europe for a record tenth time in the new 2022 SportBusiness rankings.

The ranking assessment criteria included alumni career trajectories, student satisfaction and perception, course intake diversity, analysis of networking opportunities and wider university partnerships.

The announcement maintains the position of the FIFA Master, which covers modules in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, as one of the most respected in the world and follows previous No.1 in Europe rankings in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

When asked about her experiences on the course, Erica Puppo, who is Brazilian / Italian and now works as a Policy Advisor and Strategic Project Coordinator at FIFPRO, said, “From an academic standpoint, the FIFA Master course helped me to acquire a holistic understanding of the sports industry. It pushed me to go beyond my immediate area of focus and interest. As a result, it opened my mind and exposed me to aspects of the industry that I would have never encountered otherwise”.

Paola Michelle who is from the Dominican Republic / USA and now works as Team Services Account Manager – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ added, “Along with many graduates from the course, the FIFA Master was one of the best years of my life to date. One of the greatest takeaways I have was definitely the exposure to different cultures and the field visits to multiple sports entities. To be able to build up your sport business network as a result of the opportunities provided by the course is very valuable in our industry”.

Reflecting on the ranking announcement, CIES General Secretary Vincent Schatzmann added; "I am delighted the 2022 SportBusiness rankings continue to recognise the FIFA Master as one of the leading courses in the world today. This latest ranking success acknowledges the hard work of everybody at CIES and also our colleagues at the course academic partner institutions, De Montfort University in Leicester, SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan and University of Neuchâtel in Neuchâtel . Further still, it is recognition of our course graduates and the work they do around the world across all sports".


Congratulations to everybody who has supported the course, from our guest speakers, industry field visit organisations, FIFA, course alumni and partner universities of De Montfort University in the UK, SDA Bocconi in Italy and University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland on this latest award for 2022. We are extremely proud of everything that we have achieved together!

Discover more examples of inspiring FIFA Master alumni career paths by clicking here.

FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport, ranked No.1 Course in Europe 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 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).

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