Introduction

Football is quite possibly the most powerful most popular sport in the world; linking communities, moving emotions and breaking down cultural barriers. Football has also become one of the most profitable industries, with significant economic impact to infrastructure development, sponsorships, TV rights and transfers of players.

The training of professionals engaged in football business and administration is key to greater professionalism in the sector. This postgraduate in football business program provides you with the appropriate tools and knowledge for your development as a professional in the world of football.

Objectives

The main objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business is to educate you in the proper use of management tools for organizations linked to football. You’ll develop abilities to recognize business opportunities, establish strategies, anticipate changes and optimize resources.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To understand and apply the strategic, global and objective vision to the football industry from a business perspective.
  • To master the skills necessary to obtain the best results in the management of professional football teams.
  • To interpret the financial statements of a football organization and create financing strategies for new projects.
  • To master the management processes of a sport facility and event organization.
  • To understand and apply new marketing and sponsorship tools applied to football.

Aimed at

Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business is for you if:

  • You’re working in the football industry (footballer, coach, technical staff or manager) and are looking for education in football management to give your professional career a boost.
  • You’re working in a business environment and want to specialize in the football industry.
  • You’re passionate about football and want specialized education to devote yourself professionally to this sector.

Those who have completed this Postgraduate program are currently working in:

  • Sports Competition (professional football clubs)
  • Governance (football federations and associations)
  • Football Facilities & Events (tournament organizers, sports clubs)
  • Community-based Football (foundations, municipalities)
  • Sports Consultancy (business initiatives)
  • Intermediation Services (agencies, player’s representation)
  • Sports Journalism (media)
  • Marketing & Sponsorship (private and public companies)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree, diploma or equivalent.
  • Have at least 3 years experience in the football world.
  • Have developed a career as a professional football player, coach or referee.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE

Please complete the pre-enrollment form if you are interested in studying this program. Your form will be submitted to the Admissions Committee, which 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. The admission procedure may include a personal interview with the program manager. One of our academic consultants will contact you within 72 hours.

Program

The curriculum of the Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business has 30 ECTS (credits). The program consists of 6 modules that cover all key areas of football business and management. Each module has a number of teaching units (UD) and each one consists of a continuous assessment test, in which you interactively apply theory, complemented with solving exercises and practical cases.

MODULE01

5ects

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT IN FOOTBALL

  • The definition of strategy
  • Strategic planning
  • Analysis of the sector
  • Management strategies in football

MODULE02

5ects

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN FOOTBALL

  • Budget preparation & interpretation
  • Investment and assessment of companies & football clubs
  • Interpretation of financial reports
  • Financing

MODULE03

5ects

LEADERSHIP & TEAM MANAGEMENT

  • Leadership styles
  • Decision-making
  • Talent development
  • Organization culture from an international perspective
  • Change management
  • Corporate social responsibility

MODULE04

5ects

MARKETING IN FOOTBALL

  • Marketing vs. Sports marketing
  • Principles of marketing
  • Sports marketing strategies & plans
  • Advertising & communication

MODULE05

6ects

FACILITY & EVENT MANAGEMENT

  • The tender procedure
  • Sports facility management
  • Sporting event organization
  • Volunteer management
  • Economic balance of a sporting event

MODULE06

4ects

FINAL PROJECT
Options
  • Strategic analysis and suggested improvements for a football club
  • Economic-financial planning of a football tournament
  • Human resources development in a football club
  • Football tournament design (global or in sports operations)

ACADEMIC DEGREE

Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business from the Johan Cruyff Institute.

Learning model

The Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business puts you at the center of your education through a learning-by-doing methodology. We encourage collaborative work and transfer the content to specific situations in football business (connective teaching methodologies and social constructivism). Our faculty of expert professors and tutors will guide you in the learning process, providing high quality training combined with the flexibility of online study.

PERSONALIZED TUTORINGWe will assign you a personal tutor, who will be monitoring your pace of study, adapting it to your work and/or sports schedule. At the beginning of the course you’ll create a tutorial action plan together. The tutor will make an assessment of your background, professional experience in the sector, availability and dedication to the course, and will also be responsible in guiding you in your study process, supporting you throughout the program.

Communication and queries will be handled by:

  • E-mail: reply within a maximum of 24 hours.
  • Support via chat / call / video conference.
  • Personal tutoring for about 30 minutes, to be arranged weekly or bi-monthly.

BENEFITS

  • Learning 3.0: flexible schedules, different learning environments and technologies.
  • World-class faculty: interaction with expert faculty and industry professionals.
  • Collaborative tools, teamwork, communication and debate.
  • Sports-industry oriented: training that approaches the business sector of the sports industry.
  • Learning from experience: designed for professional improvement.

Faculty

The teachers of the Johan Cruyff Institute are experts from the sports sector and combine research and consultancy with teaching. Through their experience and knowledge, they have developed a broad variety of cases and concepts to work with.

Student services

VIRTUAL CAMPUSAs a student of the Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business, you’ll have exclusive access to our learning platform which allows you to track your academic progress 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world. The virtual campus offers a collaborative environment between professors, tutors and students facilitating e-mails, chats, videos, books, articles, cases, simulations, experiences, websites, blogs and a video library. You’ll have a wide range of tools at your disposal so your learning experience can be interactive, enriching 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. Internships are an enriching learning experience for both organizations and for students. They contribute to the professional development of the company, and offer students the opportunity to access businesses related to sports, to live the reality of a sport organization and acquire new practical skills and knowledge.

CAREER SERVICESThe Johan Cruyff Institute allows a bridge between potential candidates and the corporate sector linked to sport. Organizations and companies in the sports sector with job vacancies contact us looking for “sports-minded” candidates. The Johan Cruyff Institute selects and contacts qualified profiles within our network. Jobs and new projects in the sports sector are also announced through our various channels.

General information

  • Degree: Postgraduate Diploma in Football Business from the Johan Cruyff Institute
  • Duration: 7 months. 30 ECTS (weekly dedication of 10-12 hours)
  • Start: October 9, 2017
  • Modality: Online
  • Language: English or Spanish
  • Price: € 4.750,- Euros
  • Payment methods: Payment by installments available
  • Special conditions: Discount for alumni and members of related entities
  • Enrollment: Registration open until the start of the program

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.

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