Over the last few years UEFA has engaged increasingly with the academic community by establishing a series of initiatives that continue to give various concrete benefits to UEFA and European football. 


The UEFA Certificate in Football Management (UEFA CFM) combines e-learning modules with face-to-face seminars addressing key areas of national football association management. With seven national editions per year, the course is open for the 55 member associations of UEFA and contributes to greater knowledge within the national associations, benefiting the European football family as a whole.

With a total of 30 participants at each national edition, 20 of these positions are open for selection by the host, within the staff and stakeholders of its national association. The remaining ten positions are to be filled by participants from non-hosting member associations, based on an application process followed by a careful selection made by the scientific committee of the programme.

Run by leading academic and professional experts, chosen by the hosting country or UEFA itself, each module focuses on an important aspect of the management of football associations. The course builds on six online modules and three face-to-face seminars, where the online modules cover the topics of:

• The organisation of football

• Strategic and performance management

• Operational management

• Football marketing and sponsorship

• Communication, the media and public relations

• Event and volunteer management

The course is issued, in European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits, through the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) at the University of Lausanne.


UEFA recently published the third edition of the Handbook of Football Association Management (HFM) to support the online modules of the UEFA Certificate in Football Management (UEFA CFM) and the course as a whole.

Providing up-to-date information consolidated by experts in the areas, the HFM is an excellent reference work for UEFA CFM participants as well as a means for UEFA to make the content of the course available for a wider audience without having access to the modules. It is the first book devoted to football association management.

By putting into print the expertise of internationally renowned academic and professional experts, together with numerous case studies and interviews, it gives a good overview of the unique aspects of the management of national football associations. After its introduction to football association management, written by the co-editors Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet, PhD, IDHEAP, and Dawn Aquilina, PhD, IDHEAP, the book covers the following subjects:

The organisation of world football
(Sean Hamil, Birkbeck College, University of London)
Looking at the regulatory and governing bodies of international and European football and defining their stakeholders, this chapter describes the organisational structure of world football.

Strategic management of a national football association
(Professor Mikkel Draebye, SDA Brocconi)
This chapter describes how a national association can design and implement a strategic management system, and how to make it a success.

Operational management of a national football association
(Professor Antonio Davila, IESE Business School in Barcelona)
Covering the topics of human resource management, financial management, customer satisfaction, and design of service operations, this chapter covers four of the main topics of operational management for national associations.

Football marketing and sponsorship
(Professor Simon Chadwick, University of Salford) Highlighting four key domains – sport marketing and the nature of the sport product; brand and marketing communications; licensing, ticketing and hospitality; and media rights – this chapter provides an overview of marketing and sponsorship as an important part of the management of a national football association.

Communication, the media and public relations
(Professor Raymond Boyle, University of Glasgow)
Explaining the different dimensions of communication, and the importance of public relations and working with the media, this chapter examines the role played by communications in the functioning of a national association.

Event and volunteer management
(Professor Alain Ferrand, University of Poitiers)
The chapter presents the four main phases in the organisation of an event – conception, preparation, operation and closure – and uses the example of managing a volunteers programme to further explain the different phases in context.

The book contains an extensive glossary of terms used throughout the book and the CFM course.

If you are interested in purchasing the Handbook of Football Association Management please use the contacts given below. The book is printed in English and the cost of one copy is €40 (for purchases within Switzerland a TVA of 8% is added).


The Executive Master in Sport Governance (MESGO) is a unique programme designed for sports sector professionals wishing to master the complex dimensions and the diversity of international practices related to professional sport in Europe. The MESGO programme draws its strength from a multidisciplinary approach to professional sport in Europe and by examining economic, political and legal perspectives to discuss and find answers to a wide array of issues facing sports managers.

The MESGO is spread over a period of 18 months, including nine five-day sessions addressing the following topics:

  • Context of international sport (Paris)
  • Governance of sports organisations (Switzerland)
  • Competition design and regulation (Amsterdam)
  • Legal frameworks (Brussels)
  • Strategic marketing (London)
  • Sports events (Barcelona)
  • Ethics (Mainz/Frankfurt)
  • The North American model (New York)
  • The future of sports governance (Tokyo)
Executive Master in Sport Governance
Executive Master in Sport Governance

MESGO's partner academic institutions include:

  • Birkbeck Sports Business Centre (University of London)
  • Centre for Law and Economics of Sport (University of Limoges)
  • Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
  • Institut Nacional D'Educacio Fisica de Catalunya (University of Lleida)
  • HEC Lausanne (University of Lausanne)

MESGO's partner sporting institutions are:

  • Union des Associations Européennes de Football (UEFA)
  • European Handball Federation (EHF)
  • International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
  • Rugby Europe
  • Confédération Européenne de Volleyball (CEV)
  • International Basketball Federation (FIBA)

Created by initiatives from internationally renowned universities and research centres, MESGO has been developed as a partnership of the members of the Association of European Team Sports (ETS) and has UEFA's full support.

For further information or questions about the programme:
+33 (0)5 55 45 77 67

UEFA RGP & Research

The UEFA Research Grant Programme was created to support the work of researchers studying for or already holding a PhD and analysing European football from the perspective of a variety of academic disciplines. UEFA hopes to continue helping to get research projects off the ground that its 55 member associations can then use to further develop their own activities and projects.

Consequently, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation written by a representative of a UEFA member association in support of the proposed research. This ensures that projects are developed for and in conjunction with the national associations and that they have the highest practical value possible.

In order to foster cooperation between its member associations and European universities, UEFA now allows up to three researchers based in the territories of three different national associations to submit joint applications.

Each individual project selected by the UEFA Research Grant Jury is eligible for a grant of up to €15,000 and each joint project for a grant of up to €20,000 for a nine-month research period.

Research proposals in the following fields may be submitted:

  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Medical science
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The UEFA Research Grant Jury comprises a chairman, representatives of European football and academics known internationally for their work in European football or sport in general.

The UEFA Research Grant Programme brochure, regulations, official application form and the mandatory declaration to UEFA, as well as abstracts of previous research projects, can all be found in the supporting documents section on the right.

Applications for the UEFA Research Grant Programme must reach UEFA by 31 March 2018 (24.00 CET). If you have any questions about the programme, please contact

Talent Programme

The UEFA EURO 2012 Host Broadcast Talent Programme gave 230 students from Poland and Ukraine the opportunity to work at the UEFA EURO 2012 final tournament in the three host broadcasting domains of TV & Video Production, HB Logistics and Broadcaster Servicing.

The main objective in creating the programme was to award talented students work experience during the tournament in positions related to their academic studies in the fields of media, journalism and sport management.

Other aspects of the scheme included offering the students access to UEFA's online project management training, e-learning training modules and selected UEFA Certificate in Football Management (UEFA CFM) e-learning modules. In addition, after the championship, one Polish and one Ukrainian student earned the chance to visit UEFA's headquarters in Nyon for a week's experience. This entailed learning more about UEFA and its operations, working in a department linked to their academic studies and benefiting from the unique UEFA environment.

After meeting various universities in both countries, one partner university from each host city was selected to work with UEFA to deliver the programme. These were:


  • University of Warsaw (Universitas Varoviensis)
  • University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw (Akademia Wychowania Fizyczengo we Wrocławiu)
  • Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan (Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu) 
  • University of Gdansk (Uniwersytet Gdański)


  • Kharkiv National University of Economics (Харківський національний економічний університет)
  • National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Національний університет «Києво-Могилянська академія) 
  • Lviv State University of Physical Culture (Львівський державний університет фізичної культури) 
  • Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Львівський національний університет імені Івана Франка)
  • Donetsk National University (Донецький національний університет)

This was the first time UEFA had managed such a project and it created great UEFA EURO 2012 experiences and memories for all the universities and students involved.

Creating history together ...


Former internationals who have played at the highest level have a lot to offer in the administration and management of football.

The UEFA MIP is a unique programme that has been tailor-made to meet the needs of players accustomed to winning trophies on the field, giving them a toolkit with which to lay the foundations for success off the field. Players often show leadership, change the course of a match and shape their club or team's environment, but these qualities do not necessarily transfer by themselves into elite management skills away from the field of play. The UEFA MIP takes the abilities of elite players and moulds them into those of successful managers.

The UEFA MIP comprises seven week-long sessions (sessions start on Monday lunchtime and finish on Friday lunchtime), each of which deals with a different aspect of football administration and management. Delivered in English, the sessions are held over a period of 20 months in major European cities (Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Dortmund and Paris), all home to leading clubs and organisations in football. Exceptionally, the first session takes place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, while the final session takes place in New York, where participants will learn about the American model of sport. For those who do not already work in a sports organisation, the course includes a three-month work placement offering practical experience.

Successful participants are awarded an executive master's degree by the University of Limoges (60 ECTS credits).

The sessions include:

  • Induction day (12 October 2017, UEFA HQ, Nyon, Switzerland
  • Framework of professional sport (13–17 November 2017, UEFA HQ, Nyon, Switzerland)
  • Role and skills of the manager (29 January–2 February 2018, Paris, France)
  • Format and regulation of competitions (26–30 March 2018, London, UK)
  • The manager in action (28 May–1 June 2018, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Strategic marketing (8–12 October 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Stadiums and operation management (3–7 December, Dortmund region, Germany)
  • North American leagues and clubs (25 February–1 March 2019, New York City, US)
  • Final examination (UEFA Champions League final, June 2019, location TBC)
  • Graduation ceremony (November 2019)

The UEFA MIP is delivered by two world-class academic institutions: the Centre de Droit et d'Economie du Sport (CDES) at the University of Limoges, France, and the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, Birkbeck College, and the University of London. The programme has also been developed in partnership with FIFPro Division Europe and the European Club Association (ECA).

For further information regarding this programme, please visit the UEFA MIP's official website.


The UEFA Football Law Programme is specially designed for legal specialists who want to get up to speed on the most recent developments in football law and broaden their understanding of the issues involved.

The programme comprises four week-long sessions, which address key issues and topical aspects of football law. It has been developed by UEFA, in close cooperation with internationally renowned academic experts and practitioners.

The four sessions cover:

  • An introduction to football law
  • FIFA transfer regulations
  • Other football rules and regulations
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport and its procedures.

The four sessions will be spread over a period of 12 months. Successful participants will receive a certificate of advanced study in football law (worth ten ECTS credits) from Kadir Has University (Istanbul, Turkey), in cooperation with the University of Padova (Italy), Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain) and UEFA.

To encourage an exchange of ideas and opinions, the programme is open to a wide range of participants from different backgrounds and organisations. A total of 20 participants will be selected for each edition of the programme.

Applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Work in the legal department of one of UEFA's member associations
  • Hold a legal position at a football club, a players' union or a league
  • Work for a law firm that deals with football-related cases.

Applicants must also prove that they have a good command of English (both oral and written).

Please note that this programme is designed primarily for people who have not taken part in a programme on football law in the past.

Participation in this programme costs €5,000 per person (which covers all course materials, as well as lunches and coffee breaks during sessions). Please note that this fee does not include travel or accommodation costs.

The deadline for applications for the latest edition of the UEFA Football Law Programme is 31 May 2017. Potential applicants should send an email to to request an application form and details of the application process.


For information and questions related to UEFA activities within the academic community, please contact:

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• Requests sent to this email regarding internships and jobs will not be answered. UEFA works with a protocol of transparency and therefore redirect all job-related matters to UEFA's official portal.

• UEFA will not respond to individuals seeking information about courses in football management, since the UEFA Certificate in Football Management (CFM) is reserved for member associations only. Individuals interested in the Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO) are asked to use the contact details stated for this programme:

• Researchers interested in data should use the specific request form – the external researchers request form – which can be found in the supporting document section on the right of this page.

• Individuals interested in the Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO) and the UEFA Executive Master for International players (UEFA MIP) are asked to use the contact details stated for this programme:
+33 (0)5 55 45 77 67
+33 (0)5 55 45 77 67