Professional Master in Football Business FBA The Football Business Academy
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As the business of football becomes ever more professional, the need for executives with the right knowledge and skillset becomes ever greater. Therefore, The Football Business Academy sat down with industry experts and created a unique and comprehensive program that will prepare students for success in the dynamic, global future of the football industry. The FBA offers a Professional Master in Football Business which is the first of its kind; it’s a hybrid program that takes all the advantages of online and physical courses and combining them into one unique program. This program steps away from traditional course structures and educational models to create a more innovative and complete curriculum that caters to the needs and realities of the football industry as well as 21st-century students.
The FBA concept focuses on three pillars: Knowledge, Network, and Experience.
Throughout the four modules of the 12-month program, Candidates will be engaged through online courses, guest lectures, active participation at business events, a provided internship in football clubs, associations, or football-related companies, on-site courses in Lisbon and workshops, insightful Field Trips across top European clubs, stadiums, football-related institutions, and a Student Business Project which consists of working on a consulting mission for a football club/league or other FBA Partner.
Having the combination of these different elements and in a structured way is essential in order to understand the intricacies of such a dynamic and fast-paced industry, and The FBA care about making sure its Candidates can easily find a job after their graduation while being fully capable to add real value and help transform it.
The FBA is proud to offer a 3-month internship in some of the most prestigious football clubs, governing bodies, or football-related companies.
Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, CAF, SL Benfica, Girona FC, Soccerex, the European Club Association (ECA), the European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA), and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are examples of organizations The FBA is really proud to work with.
In this day and age, it is exceedingly important to gain professional experience and create a network of industry contacts while studying, as more often than not these two factors will shape an alumni’s career development. Most programs do not insist (enough) on these aspects which is why graduates encounter difficulties starting their career in football.
In this regard, The FBA’s strength lies in our partnerships with partners such as Conmebol, European Club Association (ECA), NWSL, Galatasaray, Olympique Lyonnais, Brighton & Hove Albion, Fnatic, SL Benfica, Girona FC, Soccerex, SD Eibar, the Ukrainian Premier League, and many others. Those industry heavyweights give FBA Candidates exclusive access to a treasure of specialized knowledge, invaluable networking opportunities, and skills, as well as attractive internship opportunities.
Since all of this happens during the FBA program, Candidates will be more prepared than any to successfully (re-)launch their career in the football industry.
A high employability within 3 month after graduation
The FBA puts all its efforts in guaranteeing that its Candidates will land a job in the football industry by providing an exclusive career platform and assistance to their Alumni. We are very proud to witness that 91% of our Alumni get a job within 3 months after graduation in companies such as: FIFA, UEFA, socios.com, MLS, City Football Group, adidas, Liga Portugal, Olympique de Marseille, among others.
Currently, The FBA Alumni/Candidates represent 68 nationalities coming from 5 continents, whereas our Professors and Guest Lecturers hail from 24 different countries spread across the globe.
- Guaranteed internship in a football club, association, or football-related company
- World-class faculty: continuous contact with industry professionals
- International-focused and independent structure
- Netowrking events powered by Soccerex and World Football Summit.
- Privilege of studying in Nova School of Business & Economics, one of the most beautiful and innovative campuses of Europe for 2 months just outside Lisbon
- Insightful Field trips around Europe to visit key stakeholders and some of the best managed football clubs
- Continuous education and networking: Free lifetime access to courses, community platform, and career platform
The FBA seeks to attract those diamonds in the rough that, through their personality, attitude, and moral values, will develop into shining leaders capable of handling the challenges and opportunities which the football industry presents them with.
The FBA encourages any talented individual who has a bachelor's degree (or equivalent), a decent level of English, and a strong interest in football business to apply to its course.
Professional Outcomes after graduation
The main purpose of The Football Business Academy is to offer its Candidates all the necessary tools to succeed in the football industry.
Alumni are currently working for companies such as Olympique Marseille, New York Red Bulls, socios.com, UEFA, Puma, adidas, SL Benfica, or world-class football agencies such as Avid Sports & Entertainment (representing players such as Aaron Ramsey) and Entourage Sports & Entertainment (working with players such as Roberto Carlos, Lionel Messi or Sadio Mané).