League and Club Professional Programmes

The Professional Football Department manages a variety of programmes aimed at promoting the professionalisation of the game all around the world. The department provides tailor-made support to member associations, their leagues and clubs, assisting with strategic planning, competition organisation, formats, governance structures, commercial aspects, media rights and communication. The projects are developed on request, usually in collaboration with FIFA’s Member Associations Division, responding in an advisory capacity to a specific need presented by a member association and/or the respective league organiser. Over the last few years, FIFA’s Professional Football Department has carried out a number of professionalisation projects in several countries, including: • Botswana: business and strategic plan for forming a self-managed league; • Mozambique: analysis of league sustainability and alternative competition formats; • Nepal: analysis of the top-tier competition and assistance with the league’s professionalisation; • China PR: guidance on the league structure and the club licensing system; • Dominican Republic: strategic advice on the potential establishment of a league; • New Zealand: bespoke assistance on the competition calendar; • Peru: strategic planning for a new professional league to be organised by the member association; • India: assistance with league structuring; and • Panama: assistance with the professionalisation of the league’s operations and commercialisation.

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Professional Football Conferences

The Professional Football Department organises several conferences, seminars and workshops to bring together industry experts, with the objective of sharing knowledge, best practices and the latest trends affecting the overall club football ecosystem. These events cover a wide range of topics, such as best management practices, data and the importance of data-driven decisions, club licensing, stadium management, etc. Below is a list of previous Professional Football Conferences:

  • Buenos Aires (Argentina): FIFA Professional Football Conference in collaboration with CONMEBOL

  • Orlando (USA): FIFA Professional Football Conference in collaboration with Concacaf

  • San José (Costa Rica): FIFA Professional Football Conference in collaboration with Concacaf

  • Asunción (Paraguay): FIFA Professional Football Conference in collaboration with CONMEBOL (two conferences)

  • Cairo (Egypt): FIFA Professional Football Conference in collaboration with CAF