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Ahead of the Soccerex Global Convention 2015, Soccerex has confirmed the final line-up of event partners and supporters. Brands such as Qatar’s leading communications company Ooredoo, market leader in enterprise application software SAP and  leading international media like Eurosport have all signed up for the three-day football business event.

The Soccerex Football Festival – taking place in the Old Granada Studios, September 5-6 – will be held in partnership with Marketing Manchester and with the support of Global Games, Football Freestyle Federation, Urban Cage Soccer and UK Footgolf Association.

The Soccerex Global Convention then kicks off at Manchester Central Convention Complex on September 7, with programmes of conference content, exhibition stands and networking activities over the next three days. The Convention is held in partnership with Marketing Manchester and with the support of international event host partner The Asian Football Development Project (Asian Forum). Other event partners include global insurance experts, Lockton, and leading sports broadcaster talkSPORT as well as FIFA Master Alumni who will be the academic supporter to the Convention. Major Events International (MEI) will be the commercial supporter of the event.

The Convention is staged with the institutional support of LaLiga, The Football League, French Football Federation, Ligue de Football Professionnel and the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) and can count on the support of international legal experts Pinsent Masons, logistics specialists DB Schenker International, leading global hoteliers, Radisson, world’s leader in visual communications Getty Images, Sports PR, communications and sponsorship activation consultancy Macesport, production distribution company Boulder Creek International, leading international law firm Maples and Calder, LawInSport, industry’s leading international sports business and financial advisory firms APC Sports Consulting Limited, Mobile Media Content, Red Touch Media USA, UK Trade & Investment, Qatar Stars League, Qatar Football Association and Football Medical Association.

The Convention will consist of a number of top companies giving in depth insights into the business  of football with the likes of Matchvision, Pro Soccer Development, Solive, Tifosy, Social Chain and Triple IT all having presentation slots for what is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading football business event.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie commented:

We are very proud to work with our host partners Marketing Manchester and all the different event partners and supporters of the Global Convention. We are very grateful for their immense support, without which we would not be able to deliver the events we do.

PanStadia & Arena Management is an Official Media Partner for the event and has an exhibition stand (#106). The magazine’s Publication Director & Editor, Katie McIntyre, will also be moderating a number of panel sessions on the Tuesday afternoon of the Convention, namely THE EVOLUTION OF THE STADIUM EXPERIENCE, taking place at 2pm in The Studio, and then the STADIUM OPERATIONS AND TOURNAMENT DELIVERY WORKSHOP taking place at 4.45pm in The Academy.

For a full list of Soccerex partners & supporters please go to:

The Soccerex Global Convention kicks off with the Football Festival on 5-6th September, with the conference starting on Monday 7th September. A packed international exhibition and a programme of networking and social events such as the half time networking lounge sponsored by bottoms up beer, social evenings sponsored by Prestige Hospitality, official sales agent for the UEFA Euro 2016 Hospitality programme and the VIP dinner sponsored by Global W Mexico. Another networking social event is “SoccerMatch”, which is the platform for the football industry to share ideas, discover new contacts and do business and is sponsored by Yuuzoo. The CSO Zone is playing a bigger part in this year’s Convention and will be sponsored by Terres Des Hommes.

For full information about Soccerex please visit


Image: SAN JOSE, CA – MAY 10: The United States takes on Ireland in the second half of their international friendly match on May 10, 2015, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. The U.S. won 3-0. DAVE KAVAL, PRESIDENT, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES, is one of the key speakers for the THE EVOLUTION OF THE STADIUM EXPERIENCE panel session. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Soccerex African Forum will address all aspects of player development

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Pepsi, SAFA and Craig Bellamy Foundation are amongst those who will address player development at Soccerex African Forum, 4-5 November, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Africa has a rich history of developing stars of the world game and providing life opportunities through football. The Soccerex African Forum will look at how this reputation has been formed with a number of sessions focused on player development in Africa.

On the opening afternoon of the Forum, the Pepsi Football Academy will be hosting an exclusive session focusing on the work done by the facility in providing the most talented and skilled youngsters with the opportunity to progress their career within football. The academy, based in Nigeria, provides a platform for young players to train and play in a disciplined environment whilst ensuring each student acquires skills that exceed football ability alone.

There will also be a presentation titled ‘Developing the Next Generation of Football Talent’ featuring former Sierra Leone coach, Johnny McKinstry, CEO of SAFA Development Agency Dr. Robin Peterson and ASEC Mimosas General Manager Benoit You.

Appointed in January 2010, McKinstry is the Academy Manager of the Craig Bellamy Foundation, Sierra Leone’s only full-time elite football academy. McKinstry has previously been named ‘UK Grassroots Coach of the Year’ by Manchester United FC for his work within the football industry and his expertise in ‘Outstanding Team Motivation’. The former Pre-Academy Coach at New York Red Bulls between 2007 and 2009 also worked at the Right to Dream Academy based in Ghana which has been voted amongst the top 15 academies in world football by Bleacher Report.

Upon Dr. Peterson’s appointment to the role of CEO of SAFA Development Agency in 2012, SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani declared that Peterson would be taking responsibility for driving SAFA’s vision to be consistently in the top three sides in Africa and the top 20 in the world by 2022. Having previously worked on a SAFA World Cup bid as well as being CEO of Premier Soccer League at the start of the century, Peterson is a well qualified appointment and will bring great experience to the panel.

As General Manager of ASEC Mimosas since June 2011, Benoît You is in charge of carrying out the club’s strategy as defined by the administrative board, heads the management team and oversees all financial and commercial aspects within the club. ASEC have an impressive history of player development and can boast the likes of Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou and Emmanuel Eboue amongst their alumni.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said:

It is very exciting to have some of the most influential figures in African player development presenting at our African Forum. The work that has been done by Johnny, Robin and Benoit as well as the Pepsi Academy has been instrumental in enhancing the growth of youngsters across the continent and I have no doubt the presentations will provide some excellent insight into the world of talent development.


Twelve FA Presidents to gather in Jordan for next month’s Soccerex Asian Forum

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A total of twelve national Football Association Presidents have so far confirmed their attendance at next month’s Soccerex Asian Forum, taking place May 13-14 on the banks of the Dead Sea in Jordan in partnership with the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP).

With the ultimate decision-makers for football in a dozen different countries attending, the Forum represents an unrivalled opportunity for businesses looking to expand their network and to present themselves to these industry leaders. Taking into account new FIFA regulations on host city selection for future World Cups, these administrators will also have a say in some of the biggest decisions in world football.

Leading the list of FA Presidents will be HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein (Jordan), Sunil Gulati (United States of America), H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (Qatar), and Chung Mong-gyu (Korea), alongside FA Presidents from the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Palestine, Yemen, Lebanon, Kyrgyz Republic, Papua New Guinea, and the Honorary President for Norway, with many more to confirm shortly.

In addition, there will be senior representatives from the rest of Asia, including AFC Vice-President and Football Federation Board Member, Moya Dodd, All-India Football Federation General Secretary, Kushal Das, and Singapore FA General Secretary, Winston Lee, amongst colleagues from Turkmenistan and Bangladesh.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said: “The quality and quantity of the attendees singing up for the Forum is truly outstanding. As the key decision makers behind commercial and development projects for their own FA’s as well as international matters such as future World Cup host selection, these Presidents are amongst the most important footballing administrators on the planet.

“In addition to the national associations that have signed up for the Forum, there will be a number of premier footballing institutions, including FIFA, The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, The FA, La Liga, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona, the Japan Football Association and Galatasaray to name a few.”

The Forum, held in partnership with the AFDP – founded and chaired by HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein – will bring together the leading figures from the world of Asian football, as well as other international football experts to discuss the development of the game across Asia. The conference agenda will include a review of the opportunities for growth and the challenges facing Asian football.

PanStadia & Arena Management is proud to be an Official Media Partner for all Soccerex events in 2014.

Soccerex renews media partnership with PanStadia & Arena Management

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Soccerex, the global leader for the business of football, is renewing its partnership with leading industry publication PanStadia & Arena Management. The partnership will see PanStadia & Arena Management officially support Soccerex with all stadia content, in particular around the focused stadia workshop that will be at the core of the conference programme at the Soccerex Global Convention, 6-10 September, Manchester.


Established in 1995, Soccerex is the leading provider of business events for the global football community. Bringing together key industry decision makers from the world of football, Soccerex provides a unique commercial environment where delegates can benefit from exclusive business opportunities, networking and bespoke educational content. Since its launch 18 years ago, Soccerex has hosted over 33 events across five continents. The Soccerex portfolio includes an annual Global Convention, taking place this year in Manchester on 6-10 September, complimented by regionalised Forums, in Jordan this May and in South Africa this November.


Launched in January 2013, following the merger of PanStadia with Stadium & Arena Management, PanStadia & Arena Management magazine combines the strengths and expertise of both publications with 30+ years’ experience of this dynamic sector. PanStadia & Arena Management has quickly become the leading publication for the business of stadia, arenas, sport & live entertainment events and venues on a global scale, with some 20,000+ named high-level industry professionals receiving the magazine on a quarterly basis.


“I am delighted to be continuing our longstanding relationship with what is now undoubtedly the leading dedicated publication for the stadia sector,” said David Wright, Marketing Director of Soccerex. “Going forward, we will be utilising PanStadia and Arena Management’s specific expertise to enhance the stadia content at our events and in so doing, highlighting our commitment to meet the needs of this key sector within the football industry.”


“As the synergies between Soccerex and PanStadia & Arena Management have continued to grow – not least due to the fact both parties are the leaders in their respective fields – so has our working relationship continued to evolve. For our part, we will provide Soccerex and its elite-industry speakers focused on the business of stadia, arenas, sports events, and venues, with unrivalled exposure to the key decision-makers within the stadia and arena marketplace on a global scale. This will be achieved through print, online, digital and Social Media coverage to ensure optimal market penetration. We will also be assisting Soccerex with enhanced stadia content,” said Katie McIntyre, Publication Director, PanStadia & Arena Management.

Diary: Dates confirmed for Soccerex Asian Forum in Jordan

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The dates and venue for the Soccerex Asian Forum have been confirmed 13-14 May at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre on the banks of The Dead Sea.

The Forum, held in partnership with the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP), will bring together leading figures from the world of Asian football as well as other international football experts to discuss the development of the game across Asia. The conference agenda will include a review of the opportunities for growth and the challenges facing Asian football. Other conference topics will include league and player development as well as women’s football, with Jordan set to host the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016.

Founder and Chairman of AFDP, HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, who has confirmed he will be speaking at the event, commented:

It is very exciting for us at AFDP to welcome Asian football stakeholders in our home country and on the banks of the unique Dead Sea for the Soccerex Asian Forum. We hope this will create an inspirational and motivating platform for knowledge exchange for the betterment of football and development through football across the continent.

Soccerex Global Convention cancelled in shock move

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Soccerex has cancelled its Soccerex Global Convention in Brazil. Soccerex stated that “the Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Sport took the political decision to withdraw their support from the Soccerex Global Convention”. There has been consistent pressure from unions, including demonstrations, to cut back on spending on the World Cup in favour of other public investments.

Soccerex said that cancellation was a shock but that it doesn’t affect other forthcoming events: the Soccerex Global Convention is contracted in Manchester for the next four years beginning in September 2014. The Soccerex African Forum will take place in Durban in November and two other Soccerex events, one in Russia, and one in the Americas are soon to be announced. Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said:

On behalf of all at Soccerex, I would like to apologise to every business, football club, league, federation and media organisation affected by this news. This unique and cruel conclusion to our time in Rio was completely out of our hands and everyone who has attended a Soccerex event over the last 18 years will know this is not how we do business. We must look forward now to 2014, to our new event calendar and the Global Convention in Manchester.

Andrew Stokes, CEO of Marketing Manchester, hosts of the Soccerex Global Convention 2014 -17 commented:

I am sorry to hear about the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the Soccerex Global convention in Rio. Manchester is looking forward to becoming the home of Soccerex for the next four years and I am certain that together we will build on the illustrious past that both the event and the city has enjoyed.

Russia 2018 heading for Rio Soccerex

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All of the 2018 host cities in Russia have been invited to the Soccerex Global Convention, 30 November-5 December at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with the support of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee CEO Alexei Sorokin. Soccerex reports an extremely positive reply from over half of the cities. Whilst at the Convention, representatives from these cities will take part in a special Russian workshop where they will discuss the different projects they’re undertaking in order to host the world of football.

Alexei Sorokin said:

We have always been a big supporter of Soccerex and are looking forward to getting more deeply involved with the Global Convention over the course of the next few years in the build up to the next World cup – starting with Rio this year and then in Manchester from 2014. It provides an invaluable platform for us in world football and we are already engaged in deep discussion to bring Soccerex to Russia. I am personally looking forward to being in Rio at the Maracanã and on Copacabana beach!

There will also be a workshop by the Organising Committee of the proposed United Football League between Russia and Ukraine to explore the emergence of supranational leagues and their influence on the development of football across the world.

Maracanã perfect match for Soccerex Global Convention

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The final edition of the Soccerex Global Convention in Brazil will now be held at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracanã Stadium, venue of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final. As a result of the move, the Convention will now take place from 30 November to 5 December 2013.

Following three successful years on the Forte de Copacabana, the decision to move venue was taken in conjunction with event hosts, the Rio de Janeiro State Government, to provide delegates with a new and unforgettable final Soccerex experience in the global capital of sport. The new event dates mean the Global Convention will take place immediately prior to the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, which is happening in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia on 6 December.

The Soccerex Football Festival, an extravaganza of football and entertainment which brings together some of the greatest players of modern times, will take place in the adjacent purpose-built Maracanãzinho. The 12,000 seat arena will make it possible for more spectators than ever before to enjoy the two day festival which is open to the public free of charge.

Get the latest on Soccerex content and Brazil’s venue industry Big Bang in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.

UEFA proposes partial closure of stadiums

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UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino has previewed plans to act more decisively on racist behaviour in stadiums. Speaking at the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester, Infantino proposed the partial closure of stadiums because “supporters of a club are also guilty”.

They are clear, harsh, known to everyone and it’s what we want to implement,

said Infantino of the new sanctions.

I think the idea of threatening to shut small areas, and by that I mean blocks and not entire stands, does provide some extra force behind self-policing,

said Dr Geoff Pearson from the Liverpool University Management School Football Industry Group, who was at Soccerex.

If fans can turn round to someone shouting racist abuse and say ‘if you keep doing that, this block will be closed’, it does empower fans.

European consumer law will require clubs to refund season ticket holders. “There are legal problems,” advised Pearson. “If you can’t go to a match because someone else has breached the ground regulations then you’ll want a refund. You are looking at refunds for everyone with season tickets in the closed section, that’s EU consumer law. A club couldn’t use the ticketing conditions because it would be an unfair contract term. So the club would be hit in the pocket, not only on matchday sales but also refunds to season ticket holders.

The issue of racism was also raised during the session on the Future of Scottish Football, when Scottish FA Chief Executive Stuart Regan firmly asserted the SFA’s policies and explained the work of its team of equity development officers. The SFA has recently issued a notice of complaint against Rangers Chief Executive Charles Green over alleged racist comments.

“Self-policing is the way forward in dealing with racism and homophobic behaviour,” said Pearson. “You make it unacceptable to engage in that behaviour in that context.” His study of English fans (available in his book published by Manchester University Press) has found that people who are racist in their behaviour outside of the stadium, do not express racism in the stadium because of peer pressure.

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino previewed plans to punish racist behaviour by partially closing stadiums.

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino previewed plans to punish racist behaviour by partially closing stadiums.