General information

  • Degree: Master in Football Business in partnership with FC Barcelona
  • Duration: 10 months
  • Start: September 21st, 2020
  • End: June, 2021 (no classes in February and May)
  • Place:

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Modality: On-campus. One week per month, full intensive from Monday to Friday.
  • Language: English
  • Price: € 140 Application Fee, € 1,250 Enrollment Fee and € 18,600 Tuition Fee. Total: € 19,990
  • Payment methods: Payment in instalments available
  • Special conditions: Discount for alumni and members of related entities
  • Enrollment: Registration open until the start of the Master. Limited places available.

The program may be subject to change.
The institution reserves the right to cancel the edition of the program if it does not meet the minimum number of students.


The Master in Football Business in partnership with FC Barcelona is the only program in football business and administration based on the management model of FC Barcelona, recognized worldwide, as well as on the great experience of the Johan Cruyff Institute in sport management education.

Classes are delivered at Camp Nou and Johan Cruyff Institute, among other locations.


The main objective of the Master in Football Business in partnership with FC Barcelona is to educate with in-depth and up-to-date knowledge and insights from the football industry. Students will analyze the core theories and relevant case studies that will help them visualize the behavior of the football business. Students will also have the opportunity to learn, interact and contribute with FC Barcelona business strategy and operations.


  • Understand the core theories that drive the football business and its organizational behavior and the existing interconnections between different players.
  • Expand the necessary set of skills for managing clubs and other football related organizations in line with their stakeholder framework.
  • Enhance the critical perception of the trends of the business and visualize the future developments of the football industry.
  • Develop your leadership skills in order to improve the positive impact in the entire football environment.

Aimed at

The target audience of the program is diverse, ranging from qualified individuals wanting to pursue their dream job in the football industry, to well-established football business professionals who want to further develop their career, and current and former athletes who want to expand their knowledge in this area.
People who will complete this Master will be able to work in the following areas:

  • Football club governing bodies (football federations and associations).
  • Football facilities & events (tournament organizers, sports clubs).
  • Community-based football (foundations, municipal governments).
  • Sports consultancy (business initiatives).
  • Intermediation services (agencies, player representation).
  • Sports journalism (media).
  • Marketing & sponsorship (private and public companies).


  • We are looking for highly-driven and engaged candidates with proven experience in the football business or in other relevant businesses (minimum of 3 years) and/or
  • Candidates with a strong business academic background
  • Athletes and former athletes are welcome to enroll in the Master
  • The minimum level of English proficiency required is a score of IELTS 6.0, or equivalent, if the candidate attended a non-English speaking undergraduate university.

SELECTION CRITERIAWe select hardworking candidates who have strong leadership and problem-solving abilities combined with great communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. We are seeking challenging and critically thinking students that will have a strong positive impact in the football business and in the overall community, and who will be able to contribute to building the future of the sport. The admission process will consider all parts of these requirements, together with professional experience and educational background. Meeting all the minimum requirements will not guarantee your admission, but you will be invited to pass to the next stage of the application process.


  1. Complete the online application form and pay the application fee (€ 140 non-refundable).
  2. You will need to submit the following:
    • Three essays (maximum 500 words) on:
      • Your view of the global football business.
      • The situation of the football business in your country.
      • How you will be able to contribute towards improving the football business in your country.
    • Your résumé.
    • A cover letter of maximum 500 words introducing yourself and stating your purpose.
    • Two letters of recommendation.
    • Official transcripts.
  3. If the first stage of your application is successful, you will be invited for an online interview. In this interview we will evaluate if your achievements as well as your aspirations and motivations in pursuing this degree, are in line with the objectives of the program.
  4. The Admissions Committee decides on approval of admission.


The study plan of the Master in Football Business in partnership with FC Barcelona consists of 8 modules structured as follows:



SEPTEMBER 21-25, 2020

Introduction to the Football Business



OCTOBER 26-31, 2020

History and Politics of Football



OCTOBER 26-31, 2020

Football Governance



NOVEMBER 6-14, 2020

Football Sociology and CSR



NOVEMBER 6-14, 2020

The management of a football club



DECEMBER 14-18, 2020

Football Finances
Football and Revenues



JANUARY 25-30, 2021

Innovation in Football



JANUARY 25-30, 2021

Football and Media



JANUARY 25-30, 2021

Marketing, Sponsorship and Fan Engagement



FEBRUARY 15-20, 2021

FC Barcelona Business and Operations




Management Games 1 (online)




Management Games 2 (online)



FIELD TRIPSDates may be subject to change and destinations will be informed in due time.

  • September 23-25
  • November 9-11
  • March 22-26
  • May 10-14

DEGREEMaster in Football Business in partnership with FC Barcelona.

Learning model

Our exclusive model that combines academic studies with football industry insights and learning directly from FC Barcelona will provide students with a great capacity to understand the business and the role of the organization in the overall football market, as well as increase their abilities for leadership and decision-making in order to achieve the best possible results with the available resources. The methodology of the program offers an interesting structure to help students involved in the modules.

All the modules are preceded by a webinar which introduces the topic of the first on-campus session. The on-campus sessions are divided into three sections: the first one focuses on theoretical knowledge, the second one on practical application knowledge, and the third one on networking. Moreover, throughout the academic program, there are some study trips scheduled to expand the knowledge acquired on the program (the detailed information about these study trips will be provided at the beginning of the program).


We have recruited some of the most recognized football business academics around the globe in order to provide students with the most cutting-edge knowledge of the football business. During the program, students will also receive lectures from top level executives in the industry as well as courses with FC Barcelona staff.

Richard Denton - Professor at Johan Cruyff Institute
Richard Denton­Richard is the academic director of the Master in Sport Management at Johan Cruyff Institute Amsterdam. He has been working in the sport marketing and entertainment business since 1989. He has worked for global brands such as Canon, Philips, Omega, ABN AMRO, Heineken and Unilever, across a variety of sport and events including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, Formula 1, Volvo Ocean Race, PGA European golf tour, the Ryder Cup, Wimbledon, Roland Garros and the Olympic Games. Denton was managing director of one of Holland’s leading sport marketing agencies, Trefpunt-PRISM, from November 2009 until September 2015, and has been the sponsorships and partnerships manager of Vitesse Arhem football club.
Richard Giulianotti - Profesor en Johan Cruyff Institute
Richard GiulianottiProfessor of Sociology, Loughborough University and at Durham University ; Research Assistant, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Department of Sociology- University of Aberdeen (1990-2006). He completed his MA. MLitt and PhD in the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, and took up his first academic post there as a Research Assistant (1990), followed by a Lectureship (1995), Senior Lectureship (1999), and Readership (2005). Authored books: (& G. Armstrong, D. Hobbs) Policing the London 2012 Olympics, London, Routledge, in press (2016). Sport: A Critical Sociology, Cambridge, Polity, 2015 (Revised Edition). (& R. Robertson) Globalization and Football, London, TCS/Sage, 2009. (& A.J. Walsh) Ethics, Money and Sport, London, Routledge, 2006. Football: A Sociology of the Global Game, Cambridge, Polity, 1999.
David Goldblatt - Profesor en Johan Cruyff Institute
David Goldblatt­David Goldblatt is a sports writer, broadcaster, sociologist, journalist and author. He has been a medical student, taken a doctorate in social theory and environmental politics, lectured at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Open University and wrote widely on globalization before, in 2002, publishing the World Football Yearbook – a 750-page graphic encyclopedia of the global game – in nine languages. In 2006 he published the path-breaking The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, and in 2014 published Futebol Nation : A Footballing History of Brazil and The Game of Our Lives: The Making and Meaning of English Football, the latter winning the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in 2015. His most recent book is The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.
Stephen Morrow - Professor at Johan Cruyff Institute
Stephen Morrow ­Stephen is Senior Lecturer in Sport Finance at the University of Stirling. He was Head of the Department of Sports Studies for five years until summer 2011. Stephen is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and trained with the international firm of accountants, Ernst & Young. His research focuses on financial, accounting and governance issues arising in sport. He has written two single-authored books and two monographs on the finances and governance of professional football and a number of journal papers. His knowledge transfer activities include leading workshops on Management Training for Football Managers as part of the Scottish FA/UEFA Pro Licence. He recently chaired an expert working group for the Scottish Government on Supporter Involvement in Football Clubs.
Oliver Seitz - Professor at Johan Cruyff Institute
Oliver Seitz­Dr. Seitz worked previously as a consultant and as a lecturer in Football Business at the UCFB in London in partnership with The FA. Prior to moving to London, he lived in Brazil, working as the Head of Marketing of Jacquet Brossard, a French multinational consumer goods company, and previously as Head of Marketing of Coritiba Football Club, where, in 2012, he was awarded the Best Overseas Marketing Campaign by the FC Business Awards in London. Dr. Seitz holds a PhD in Football Business from the University of Liverpool.
Daniel Martin - Professor at Johan Cruyff Institute
Daniel Martin­Daniel is Group Chief Financial and Operations Officer at Al Jazira Sports and Cultural Club of the UAE Pro-League. He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) with 15+ years’ experience who is ‘Big 4’ trained having previously worked with the international advisory firm Deloitte. His first role in Football was as Group Financial Controller at Celtic Football Club. Prior to recently returning to the Football Industry he held senior financial and general management roles in global brands such as Etihad Aviation Group, Armaguard and Jumeriah Group as well as being an alumnus of the Masters in Football Business of Johan Cruyff Institute in partnership with FC Barcelona (2018) and a guest lecturer (2019). Daniel is an industry leader in the specialised area of Football Finance.
Sergi Vieta - Professor at Johan Cruyff Institute
Sergi Vieta­Versatile consultant with over 20 years’ career in the sports industry, holding senior positions in marketing & media agencies, football properties, financial entities, Events LOCs. Vast expertise in Event Management, Strategy, Sponsorship, Operations and Media. Currently, Sergi is managing director at Onside Sports Iberia, an agency focused on the full-service delivery of high-class off-season services for football clubs, and senior consultant for global sports agency SPORTFIVE for business development in the Spanish market. He was previously general manager of LaLiga Santander Granada CF (2016-2017); COO of the LFP World Challenge and Football and Sports Event Director at Mediapro during 10 years, and financial advisor and senior consultant of KPMG, in Spain (1997-2000) and Manchester (2000-2002) offices.
Ignacio Mas-Bagà - Professor at Johan Cruyff Institute
Ignacio Mas-Bagà­Ignacio Mas-Bagà has been the chairman of the Board and CEO of Girona FC since July 2015, and is the new director of the Master in Football Business in partnership with FC Barcelona. During these five seasons, Mas-Bagà has led the effort to restructure the business area as well as to restore the image of the club among its stakeholders after the insolvency situation in 2013. Under his leadership, Girona FC achieved promotion to LaLiga (the Spanish first division) for the first time in the club’s history (in 2017) and presented their best-ever financial results with €6.7 million net profits (in 2018). Prior to joining Girona FC, Mas-Bagà worked at LaLiga as event manager within the LFP World Challenge project, and for Mediapro, developing projects in five continents for clubs such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Boca Juniors, Atlético Madrid and PSG, among others. Mas-Bagà graduated in business science from the University Ramon Llull – IQS, Barcelona.
Albert Mundet
Albert Mundet­Albert Mundet is the director of Barça Innovation Hub, the center for sports knowledge and innovation of FC Barcelona. Albert, who will be four years as director of this platform, has a multidisciplinary background and extensive experience in Innovation Management across different sectors. Educated as a physicist and passionate about creating value through implementing open innovation projects across multiple entities, he worked as well for companies such as IPG, ICFO and Grupo Punset Producciones.
Martijn Bakx
Martijn Bakx­Martijn Bakx is a media rights manager at Mediapro. With over 20 years of experience, he currently oversees all international broadcasting rights sales for LaLiga. In addition to that, he is responsible for new sport-related media projects within the Mediapro Group.
Martijn started in the sports business as a promoter of football and basketball games. In his role as executive producer, he was responsible for the European Basketball Championships in 2007 and Euroleague Final Fours in 2009 and 2010. As a rights manager, Martijn strategically assesses business opportunities on both the sales as the acquisition perspectives, for the domestic Spanish market as well as on a global scale. In recent years, in addition to his work for LaLiga, Martijn has started up ambitious media projects in Canada, France and Belgium.

Student services

VIRTUAL CAMPUSStudents of the Master in Football Business in partnership with FC Barcelona, will have exclusive access to the e-learning platform which allows them to monitor their academic progress 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world. The virtual campus offers a collaborative environment for teachers and students to share e-mails, chats, books, articles, case studies, simulations, experiences, websites, blogs and a video library. Students will have a wide range of tools at their disposal to make their learning experience interactive, rewarding and complete.

NETWORKING & ALUMNI CRUYFF INSTITUTEJohan Cruyff Institute offers students, alumni, faculty and members of our network the opportunity to connect and collaborate, to share their passion for sports and their professional expertise.

The Alumni Cruyff Institute provides a means of interconnection that will enable the whole community not only to re-establish contact with fellow students, but also to create new links with people from the sports sector throughout the whole network who can offer new experiences and initiatives to keep growing in the profession.

The platform has been designed so you can comfortably navigate through the various areas and enjoy the offers that most interest or adapt to the needs of alumni at any given time. In the Learning Area, you will find resources that will allow you to keep up with the latest trends in the sector, participate in our webinars or access pre-recorded academic sessions, as well as many other resources.

The Alumni Cruyff Institute platform’s Networking section provides a meeting point for alumni to get in touch, share experiences, network, discuss ideas and create positive synergies for the benefit of all. Those who play in this ‘League’ will enjoy the Cruyff Alumni Club, where all Alumni members (organized by center) will have at their disposal numerous academic and leisure activities and events organized in the different countries.

In a later stage, the Alumni Cruyff Institute will offer platform members support in managing their professional development through the Career Services section (job offers and internships). There will also soon be the Cruyff Alumni Shop, an online store where you can purchase official Johan Cruyff Institute products exclusively.

CORPORATE INTERNSHIPSOur Corporate Training Program is the natural result of the global network of the Johan Cruyff Institute. The internships are an enriching learning experience for both organizations and students. They contribute to the company’s professional development, and offer students the opportunity to access sport-related businesses, experience the reality of a sport organization and acquire new practical skills and knowledge.

CAREER SERVICESThe Johan Cruyff Institute acts as a bridge between potential candidates and the corporate sports sector. Organizations and companies in the sports sector with vacancies contact us when looking for sports-minded candidates. The Johan Cruyff Institute recommends qualified people from within our network Employment opportunities and new projects in the sports sector are also announced through our various channels.


Seminar series: Football Industry Insights, venue

Classes are delivered at Camp Nou and Johan Cruyff Institute, among other locations.

‘Camp Nou’ (the ‘new ground’) has a capacity of 99,354. It is the biggest stadium in Europe. In the 1998-99 seasons, UEFA recognized the services and facilities at Camp Nou by awarding it five star status.

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