Football Business Academy

Football Business Academy

The Football Business Academy offers a unique and comprehensive one year Master’s Program that prepares Candidates for success in the dynamic, global future of the football industry. While some of our Candidates were already working in the football industry prior to joining our Master, the vast majority of them are career switchers coming from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.

Top reasons to study here

  • Guaranteed internship at prestigious football related organizations
  • 90% of employability within the football industry
  • Faculty of highly experienced industry professionals

Distance Learning Courses

Business & Management (1)
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The football industry has developed tremendously over the past years and continues its spectacular rise as witnessed by increases in TV rights deals, transfer numbers, and participation levels, to name just a few, around the world. Sadly, due to a lack of professionalism, transparency and ethics a lot of scandals keep taking place and more fans and stakeholders than ever are demanding change. 


The 12 months Professional Master of The FBA is divided into 4 modules.

In order to deliver the best football business leaders of tomorrow, we believe it is essential for our Candidates to gain knowledge of the football industry across all three dimensions:

  • the past, as a cultural sensibility is essential to understand the origins and (recent) history of the sport;
  • the present, in order to discover all football stakeholders and analyze the best practices;
  • the future, because in this ever-moving industry, it is crucial to come with an innovative mind, with new ideas and solutions to better address today’s key issues and develop tomorrow’s opportunities.


By combining this knowledge with participation at Soccerex events, the Candidates will be prepared to start their provided internship (Module 3) where they will be able to use their acquired skills and contacts, get a foot in the industry and learn first-hand how it works.

Finally, the fourth module combines a Student Business Project with additional industry specifics for Candidates to expand their knowledge of. 

The SBP will be sanctioned by one of our Partner Network members and will give Candidates the opportunity to work in teams on a real project given by a football club, federation, or other football-related organization, thereby allowing them to keep moving forward into the football industry.


For the Football Business Academy, the most important part of the Master’s program is actually when the Candidates graduate. It does the maximum in order to help them securing a job as soon as possible. 

Alumni are currently working for companies such as Paris Saint-Germain, Puma, Atlanta United FC, Galatasaray, 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).

Student Life

Campus life

The Football Business Academy and Nova School of Business & Economics have an agreement designed to bring a part of The FBA’s Professional Master in Football Business to Nova SBE’s campus, while also foster the exchange of know-how and intercultural experiences.

In its 40-year history, Nova SBE has become Portugal’s top brand in higher education and has developed a reputation for having a mindset of innovation and excellence. They are part of a select group of business schools which have the Triple Crown Accreditations – EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. Indeed, less than 1% of the world’s business schools have this highly recognized education standard.

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