Third edition of the Network Project Award: Eight projects will compete!

CIES has received eight projects for the third edition of the FIFA /CIES International University Network Prize (the same number as in 2011). Aninternational jury will nominate the winning work next January.

Created in 2011at the initiative of the Universidad Católica, Argentina, the FIFA / CIESInternational University Network Prize aims to reward innovative and original workin the understanding of phenomena related to sports at a continental, national,regional and local level. The award consists of a trip to Switzerland to visitthe headquarters of FIFA and CIES, and for the winning students to presenttheir work to the FIFA Master class.

The eight projects selected by the CIES partner universities are:

Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
Mustafa Akkaya,Emrecan Yörür
"Glocalizeyour League"

Improve the management and stability of some football clubs in the Turkish Premier League.

Cairo University, Egypt
Ahmad Al-Harmi,Ahmad Al-Thani, Hamad Al-Muhannadi, Manar Alafandi, Mohammed Al-Sulaiti, Yacoub Nase
"AmateurFootball League"
Project to create a league for amateur football in Qatar.

Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires
Nicolás Pique, Javier Lanusse, Estefanía Bernasconi Estringue
"Akening - a highperformance centre for extreme sports»
Create around Buenos Aires a high performance centre specializing in extreme sports(skateboarding, wakeboarding, bmx and surf)

Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
Adja Mariétou Diop, Alioune Badara Gueye, SteveJoshua Kacham Sina, Fama Ngom, Paul Ndekou Python Tandong
"Project onthe Sports Medicine Centre - Marc Vivien Foe"

Solve the problem of medical monitoring of athletes in Senegal and the sub-region, andincrease the medical coverage of the latter.

Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose
Guillermo SolísAbarca, Ademar Arias Castro
"Promote the practice of football and "freestyle" in penitentiary centers as a means of preventing the recurrence of crime"

Encourage sport in prisons to improve the quality of life of inmates and reduce recidivism.

Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela
Brenda Declerk, Daniel de Oliveira, Edgar Quintero, César F. Vásquez
"A nationalcircuit of beach soccer"

Create a structure of formal competition for beach soccer in Venezuela.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Sandra ÁvilaTinoco, Fernando Corral Collantes, Montemor Erika Ferreira, Regina SchmidtRio-Valle
"The debt of clubs - causes and solutions"

Present thefinancial situation of Spanish football clubs and suggest alternatives for more effective management and organization.

Universidad Santo Tomás, Santiago, Chile
Fernanda CeciliaMartinéz Cisternas, Miguel Angel Pizarro Carvallo
"Sponsorshipplan for the sports and leisure ‘corporation’ of Peñalolen"

Define a newfinancing plan to open the private sector for the municipal sports corporation ofPeñalolen currently experiencing difficulties in financing its projects.

Last year the International University Network Award 2012 was awarded to a project on strengthening links between professional clubs and their Spanish supporters(Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid). A special prize was also awarded to students from Birzeit University in Ramallah (Palestine) for a project on recycling used tyres to make construction equipment for sports facilities.