The UEFA Executive Master for International Players (UEFA MIP) is designed to ensure that footballers who have excelled during their careers have the opportunity to fill roles at the highest level of football administration. This joint initiative with FIFPro helps players to develop critical management skills and to understand the key role of players and trade unions in football governance.
To be eligible for this executive master’s programme, you’ll need an undergraduate degree and experience playing for your senior national team.
If you don’t have a degree, you may be eligible if you have relevant experience, such as having held a position of seniority in a sporting organisation. Similarly, if you haven’t played for the national side, a long career with a European top-division club with at least one appearance in a European club competition could make you eligible.
The UEFA MIP lasts 20 months and comprises seven, week-long sessions, that deal with a different aspect of football administration and management.
The sessions are held in Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Dortmund and Paris, all home to leading European football clubs and organisations. In addition, the first session takes place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and you’ll learn about the American football model during the final session in New York. The course also includes a three-month work placement for those candidates who don’t yet have practical experience of working in a sporting organisation.
Once you’ve completed the UEFA MIP, you’ll be awarded an executive master’s degree by the University of Limoges.
The UEFA MIP will prepare you to take up influential roles in a wide variety of football organisations, including national associations, clubs, leagues, players’ unions, international federations and charities.
Each session covers a different aspect of professional sport governance, and is supplemented by individual projects, reports and e-learning, between course dates.
The syllabus consists of core modules that explore what management and oversight looks like in football. This includes:
- framework of professional sport
- role and skills of the football manager
- format and regulation of competitions
- the football manager in action
- strategic marketing and communication
- stadiums and operations management
- North American leagues and clubs