The inaugural edition of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management drew to a successful conclusion at the Home of FIFA in May 2022 as the 32 participants, including club executives and former internationals from all around the world, received their certificates from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
In line with the vision of making football truly global, the diploma is part of FIFA’s efforts to further professionalise the game, enabling a larger number of clubs from every region of the world to compete at the highest level both on and off the pitch.
During the 13-month course, the participants debated and exchanged views with industry experts and leading voices within football on topics such as club operations and stadium management, finance, marketing and communications, youth academies, governance and legal matters, as well as leadership and negotiation. All students also devised a strategic plan for their respective clubs.
Following the success of the first edition, FIFA launched the second instalment in New York in September. This time, 40 participants – drawn from across all six confederations – joined the programme, which is taught by world-class experts and includes on-site and online modules.
The group successfully completed a module during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which concluded with a visit from FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Speaking at the end of the six days in Doha, President Infantino congratulated delegates on their participation and took part in a question-and-answer session that covered topics such as FIFA’s commitment to and strategy for global football development, the continued growth and investment in the women’s game at club and national level, the Football Unites the World campaign and the success of Qatar 2022.