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UEFA Executive Master for International Players

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

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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 deadline for applications for the first edition of the UEFA MIP is 10 September 2017.

Last updated: 14/02/17 13.08CET