International Centre for
Sports Studies

Avenue DuPeyrou 1
2000 Neuchâtel
Tel +41 32 718 39 00

About CIES Research

The researches conducted by CIES examines sport from multiple angles, with an emphasis on :

  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Management

The projects undertaken by CIES are part of both pure and applied research. The dedicated CIES research team has gained an international reputation for producing and publishing high quality academic work. We also have an extensive international network that allows us to call on experts and academics from other fields when needed.

CIES core competence areas:

  • Qualitative research
  • Case studies
  • Editing
  • Reporting/writing
  • Data mining
  • Statistics
  • Questionnaire/Survey
  • Databases
  • Digital products
  • Data Visualisation
  • Benchmarking
  • Impact monitoring/evaluation

CIES field of expertise:

  • Governance
  • Integrity
  • Labour market
  • Migration
  • Gender
  • Legal
  • Transfers
  • Performance
  • Football

CIES research encompasses the following activities :

Publications: CIES publishes various articles, collections and books, most of which are available for purchase on the CIES website or directly at

Events: CIES holds regular symposiums, workshops and round-tables on topical themes. These events bring together distinguished guests, experts, CIES researchers and other various stakeholders.

Documentation Centre: CIES has an in-house documentation centre that is open to the public. Resources are focused on the fields of sports law, sociology and management. The centre is staffed to provide personalised help with documentary research.

FIFA Research Scholarship: The scholarship aims at promoting football-related scientific research from researchers holding a university degreee or equivalent who specialise in the area of laws, economics, sociology, ethics, geography and history. Each year, a selection committee appointed by CIES, specialised in research, evaluates proposals and grants the scholarships.

CIES Observatory: As a research team, the CIES Observatory brings together experts in the statistical analysis of all areas of sport. Since its creation, it has rapidly established itself as one of the leading providers of sports questionnaires, athlete and player surveys, data mining, business intelligence reports and research publications. The CIES Observatory regularly undertakes research activities and develops joint projects with a wide array of stakeholders in the international sports industry. Furthermore, the CIES Football Observatory used to publish each year two reports on European professional football. The "Demographic Study" was a key publication for anyone willing to have a better understanding of the environment of European football and the "Annual Review" focused on the five major European leagues by presenting the key success factors both from demographic and pitch performance perspective. Those two reports are not published anymore, however the same information is still produced continously throughout the year and is directly available on the CIES Football Observatory website

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