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BA (Hons)
International Football Business

The football business industry is a multi-billion dollar global industry. This degree will explore it's many facets providing you with an in-depth understanding

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: 8N61

Study mode: Full-time

Location: UCFB Wembley

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Our programmes have been created for aspiring professionals wishing to work within the football industry. This degree is aimed at motivating individuals and preparing them for work in this global industry. Our pastoral care and personal development programme ties in directly with career development, informing your work-related activities and ultimately leading to our Careers & Recruitment Office helping you to find the right place for you in the football business or surrounding industries.

What will this course cover?

The football business is a multi-billion dollar global industry. This global industry is growing exponentially all over the world. A country-by-country breakdown finds that the sports industry is growing faster than GDP both in fast-growing economies, such as the booming BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and in more mature markets in Europe and North America. The key drivers which fuel this market growth will be studied. These include understanding the nature of fandom; the growth and development of the international football industry; and the development of a global strategy.

There are over 200 member associations all over the world who each govern and manage football in their country. Therefore, you will examine all of the international licensing schemes and regulations of the Global Confederation (OFC, AFC, CONCACAF, CAF, UEFA, FIFA), along with the implications of cultural differences linked to commercial and sponsorship opportunities. Furthermore, during your three years at UCFB Wembley, there will be opportunities to interact with global events at Wembley Stadium, thus applying your knowledge and increase your competitive edge in the workplace.

Year 1
During your first year, you will gain an understanding of the broader global football industry and its history as well as contemporary challenges to provide a solid foundation for your degree. For example you will cover topics such as the nature of fandom; the growth and development of the international football industry and sports sponsorship specific to international markets. You will explore marketing in the football industry with an international perspective as well as an appraisal of the different types of league structures and franchises such as in the USA.

Year 2
There are currently over a hundred major stadia across the world under construction. During this year, you will gain an understanding and research different international stadia, design processes, pitch construction, architectural challenges, and other important factors such as health and safety constraints. Also you will cover topics such as international retailing; international stadia and football infrastructures, the challenges of dealing with differing stakeholders, cultural differences and attitudes to corporate social responsibility. This year also includes understanding financial governance and administration related to the different global member associations and clubs, considering the tax implications and examining international company law.

Year 3
Here you will learn how to understand and formulate successful bids for global football competitions and events, develop your operational understanding of sports law with an international perspective, for example, international player transfers and migration and the development of a global strategy. You will also undertake a related research project in international football (dissertation) on a topic chosen by you which could ultimately open the doors to your future career.

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What are the entry requirements?

Please visit our partner college's website for entry requirements.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Please visit our partner college’s website for fee information.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

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