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FIFPro/UEFA
Executive Masters
for International Players

Course Overview

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.

Course Logistics

Requirements

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.


Duration

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.


Qualification/Outcomes

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.


Course Content

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
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If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, apply for the UEFA MIP online.

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Funding Support

We provide financial assistance to every current and former player taking an accredited qualification, and for this course you’ll be eligible for a grant. Find out more about funding.

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FAQ'S

Are travel and accommodation included in the course fees?
You will have to meet your own travel and accommodation costs if you take this course. However, we will be able to contribute towards your course fees.
What will I learn from this course?
Courses like this help you develop the necessary leadership skills to take on jobs at the highest level in football. The knowledge and network you’ll build will teach you how to deliver real impact at whatever sports organisation you choose to join.