Football Marketing & Management Online Course

Start Date : February 19 | Duration : 2 Months

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  • Next intake February 19

  • Duration 2 Months

  • Fee € 695

The course is an eight-week program that provides students with a complete look into the football industry from the perspective of marketing, sponsorship, athlete representation, media and event management. 

The program is designed for those looking to start or advance their professional career in the football/soccer industry in the areas of marketing, sponsorship, athlete representation, media and event management.

We have developed an integral learning system consisting of live weekly web conferences with industry professionals and like-minded peers, complemented with an interactive online platform designed to develop the skills through football-specific case studies, practical course work and a multicultural learning environment. 

Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced executive, the program will provide you with the hands-on learning experience, skills and networking opportunities to get ahead in the football industry.

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The Football Marketing & Management - Online Course is divided into eight modules that are designed to equip and prepare professionals to develop a successful career path and enhance their opportunities to work in the football industry. The course is structured in the following manner:

Module 1 – Introduction to football marketing and the business of sport - satisfying the needs of today’s international football consumers

Module 2 – Business development at top European football clubs – matchday, tv broadcasting rights, and commercial revenue

Module 3 – Successful football sponsorship partnerships – best practices between sponsors and rights holders

Module 4 – Athlete representation in football- the role of the agent/agency in the professional football industry

Module 5 – Individual athlete sponsorship in football - the winning relationship between a commercial brand and a football brand ambassador

Module 6 – Ambush marketing in football – protecting football properties and defending sponsors’ brands

Module 7 – Strategic football event management – major international football competitions as vehicles for economic, social and cultural impact

Module 8 – Digisport & social media – new ways for football clubs and organizations to communicate with sport consumers and novel approaches to marketing activities.

Our interactive methodology combines live weekly web conferences with industry professionals with an integral online platform that consists of practical readings, football-specific case studies, forums and discussion groups that ensure that the concepts are learned, implemented and evaluated. 

Our approach to learning consists of the following structure:

1.    Individual Preparation – reading of cases, articles and technical notes from the interactive online platform

2.    Group Discussion – interactive discussions via email, forums and social networks with classmates

3.    Weekly Web Conference session led by industry professional – sharing of professional experiences, best practices, lessons learned and conclusions drawn from each session

4.    Implementation & Evaluation – students are evaluated through hands-on assignments and interactive online tests

The course is imparted by a team of tutors led by the Institute's Director, Diego Valdes, FIFA and UEFA accredited media representative and sports marketing consultant. He has provided training to executives from across the football industry at a global level including clubs, federations, sports marketing agencies and media outlets such as FIFA, Club Wembley, the English Premier League, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Major League Soccer,, the Mexican Football Federation, Soccerex among many others . 

The Sports Business Institute Barcelona also brings together industry executives from football clubs, governing bodies and corporations from across Europe to provide students with the most relevant and up-to-date information from the football industry through online guest speaker sessions. 

Current & Previous Guest Speakers have included:

Richard Lamb, Managing Director in Asia, Inter Milan 
Joaquim Cardona, Former Head of Digital Business, FC Barcelona 
Oscar Ugaz, Former Digital Business Manager, Real Madrid 
Alex Kunawicz, Former Head of Content, Liverpool FC 
Laura Gabbidon, Marketing Manager, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 
Jamie Ponce, Head of Ticketing, New York Red Bulls
Chris Crouch, Sales Executive, Club Wembley & IMG
Yeray Romera, Senior Marketing & Online Manager, EA Sports - FIFA Video Games
Conrado Molina, Former Marketing & Sponsorship Manager, Real Zaragoza FC
Victor Alvarado, Chief Marketing Officer, Mexican Football Federation

Our practical methodology together with the opportunity to network with top football executives will enhance students´ possibilities of landing a position in the football industry in the following areas:

• Marketing, sales, ticketing, media, and other executive positions in sports clubs, associations, federations and governing bodies

• Marketing and sponsorship departments of multinational firms

• Sports communication agencies and media outlets

• Representation and event management agencies

• Administrations responsible for sporting event organization and management


Course includes: 

•    Live weekly sessions with an industry professional via web conference
•    Access to online campus with football case studies, articles & interactive forums
•    Pedagogical support via email with SBI´s faculty
•    Career advice & access to job bank and internship opportunities in football
•    Academic certificate of completion



Find out what our former students are saying about us

Leo Avery, Marketing Counsel at International Olympic Committee

The Sports Business Institute's Online Football Marketing & Management course provides an extremely detailed insight into the key commercial aspects of the football business. The weekly group discussions, expertly led by the knowledgeable Diego Valdes, provide an invaluable opportunity for students to engage with each other and share ideas and opinions. Additionally, the course materials give students a vast amount of background information on a wide variety of relevant topics. I would happliy recommend this course to both those looking to gain an insight into the football business and those already working in the industry.

Matteo Trevisani, Manager, Integration and Activation at United Soccer Leagues LLC (USL)

I took the Sports Business Institute Barcelona Football Digital Marketing and Social Media Online Course. I am absolutely thrilled to have taken the course as it has given me valuable and practical information that I have used in my professional life. The material presented in the course is very relevant, fresh and easy to comprehend. I would recommend the course to anyone who is looking to break into the sports industry or is currently working at a sports organization. The course offers so many takeaways and lessons that will be used in the future. Congratulations to Diego and Emma for their organization and drive to deliver top-quality content to students!

Richard Lamb, Chief Revenue Officer, West Ham United

¨Well-researched, engaging, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable, this is a first-rate course useful for both people in the football industry or aspiring to work in football. The content was highly relevant and up-to-date, reflecting the different approaches to this fast-paced industry, while also looking at the potential developments and opportunities. SBI Director, Diego Valdes, has fantastic experience in the many aspects of football and has the ability to impart knowledge in an engaging and interesting manner, which encourages participants to think for themselves and gain a deep understanding of the field. Working in the football industry myself, I have been able to improve my skill-set and ability to perform my job thanks to this course. I would wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend this course to anyone either in the industry or aiming to gain a fundamental understanding of how football works off the pitch.¨



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