FIFA and the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) of the University of Neuchâtel are pleased to announce that they have signed a new collaboration agreement. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and CIES President Bertrand Reeb, along with FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and CIES Director Denis Oswald, renewed the funding to CIES for the next eight years, thus continuing the fruitful collaboration that began 15 years ago.

The International Centre for Sports Studies, an independent study centre created in 1995 as a joint venture between FIFA, the University of Neuchâtel and the city and canton of Neuchâtel, uses a multi-disciplinary approach (legal, sociological, geographic, economic and historical) to provide research, training programmes and consultancy services to the sports community.

CIES aims to serve as a bridge between the worlds of research, education and sports. The centre’s activities include courses offered by the Chair of Sports Law of the University of Neuchâtel and the organisation of the FIFA Master (a master’s in sport management, sport law and humanities of sport), now in its 11th edition, which is taught by the University of Neuchâtel, the De Monfort University in Leicester and the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan.

CIES is also a member of the International University Network, made up of 14 universities around the world, and conducts research on different areas of sport, including the Professional Football Players Observatory. FIFA’s support will allow all of these activities to be pursued and developed for many years to come.