The Next 90

Application period open until 12 Dec 2021

The Next 90 is a program aimed to provide retired football players the right tools to design their new career, be it close to the field or on any other area. It has the practical and hands-on approach of developing a real-life project, and will empower participants to be the CEO of their new career. 

The Next 90
The ideal participant is :
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Célia aic reacts during Legends Media Round Table at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Former Footballer:
A retired player with at least one international A match for her/his national team.
DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 19: FIFA Legends Steve McManaman, Santiago Solari, Yaya Touré, Júlio César, Bebeto, Kristine Lilly, Youri Djorkaeff, and Xavi Hernandez attend the Festival 2019 Generation Amazing on December 19, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
With a good knowledge of English, both written and spoken.
MANAMA, BAHRAIN - MAY 09:  FIFA Legend David Trezeguet of France during a interview at The Diplomat Radisson BLU Hotel on May 9, 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Players that want to translate their impact on the pitch to a second career, be it in football or in any other area.

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 16: FIFA Legend Michael Owen attends the Opening of Generation Amazing Festival at the Youth Centre of Education City on December 16, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
A curious mind with deep interest in sharing experiences and knowledge.
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02:  FIFA Legend Laura Georges looks on during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 Press Conference at San Siro on September 2, 2019 in Milan, .  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
A demonstrable eagerness to always learn and improve her/himself.

Format & Timeline

The program is hybrid, delivered partly face-to-face and partly online.

7 Modules in 11 Months
There are 7 Modules in total running between January and December 2022.
3 Modules in Person. 4 Days each
3 Modules are taught in person and each session lasts 4 days. These are set for January, June, and December.
4 Modules Online. 4-5 weeks each
4 Modules are taught online, over a 4-5 week period each. These are set for March/April, May, September, and October/November

The Next 90
The Learning Journey
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 11:  FIFA Legend Iker Casillas looks on during the FIFA Legends Fan Interaction as part of the 68th FIFA Congress on June 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Module 1 – Plan The Next Ninety
The Kickoff will allow you to understand your own skills, how they can be used in a different setting and to set a professional objective. You will be ready for the journey.
FIFA legend Kristine Lilly in Mumbai for the official Emblem Launch of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2020 - Day 2.Mumbai, 3 Nov 2019
Module 2 – Understand Business
An effective manager must understand the logic of business, evaluate risks, recognize red flags and take the right decisions. Module 2 will get you ready for the business environment.
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - OCTOBER 09: FIFA Legend Kaka visiting the HOME of FIFA and FIFA World Football Museum on October 09th 2019, in Zürich, Switzerland. (Photo by Ben Moreau/FIFA)
Module 3 - Navigate the Working Environment
Like in Football, it is essential to know how an organizational structure works in order to thrive on leadership positions. Module 3 will prepare you to run successful organizations and be an effective manager.
MANAMA, BAHRAIN - MAY 09:  FIFA Legend David Trezeguet of France during a interview at The Diplomat Radisson BLU Hotel on May 9, 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Module 4 – Be Strategic
How do we turn good ideas into a reality? It is all about strategy. Module 4 navigates the core of any business, and provides frame tool to be strategic.
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Module 5 – Communicate Like A Pro
Communication is a crucial dimension of every business, you have to craft a compelling message, have a positive impact on your audience, build trust and be persuasive. Module 5 will make you a natural communicator.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 28: FIFA FIFA Legend Carles Puyol visits FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia volunteers center in Moscow and takes part in exhibition football match on February 28, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Module 6  – Run A Project
What makes a difference between managers is their ability to plan and execute projects. Module 6 will give you all the tools to execute and run all the phases of a successful project.
MANAMA, BAHRAIN - MAY 10:  FIFA Legends Carli Lloyd of USA poses after a interview at The Diplomat Radisson BLU Hotel, ahead of the 67th FIFA Congress, on May 10, 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Module 7 - Take Action
The final step on your new journey, presenting a concrete Final Project that will be your plan to enter the business world and successfully start your second career.

Language & Cost

  • Language: Programme will be taught in English.

  • Cost: FIFA covers all tuition and fee costs, each participant should cover their individual traveling costs for the 3 on-site modules.



The Organisers


FIFA Legends is the way by which FIFA recognises all those who have achieved something significant in the game of football, taking into account respective achievements linked to domestic and international careers. In total, there are over 7,000 footballers and coaches who can call themselves FIFA Legends. Leading by example is vital in football and the stars who have inspired millions of fans in the past can make a difference as role models for future generations. To that end, more than 800 FIFA Legends have already participated in activities to convey positive messages to the global football community.


The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. CIES was created in 1995 as a Foundation between the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel, the City and State of Neuchâtel

Using a multi-disciplinary approach (law, sociology, geography, history and management), CIES provides research and education to the world of sport. Since its creation, CIES has aimed to be a bridge between the worlds of research, education, and sports organisations. It encourages the exchange of knowledge and experience between stakeholders from both academia and the international sports industry. Thanks to its international network of universities and experts, CIES supports and conducts research and education projects all around the world.