Soccerex Global Convention Tackles Future Major Sporting Events

Following the recent partnership struck between Soccerex and MEI around this year’s Soccerex Global Convention, 6-10 September, Manchester, Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie shares his thoughts on the event, what will be the main features of this year’s edition, as well as the key reasons to attend.

“We’ve taken the Global Convention on the road for 12 years and are excited to be moving it back to its home in Manchester, which is great as it is arguably the football club capital of the world right now. We are looking forward to welcoming the global industry to the Manchester Central Convention Complex for five days of serious business and football fun.

With a new home comes a new event; the Convention this year will have a new structure that will better tackle the present key revenue streams for football’s clubs and rights holders: player performance, finance and law, commercial activities and stadia. Stadia and infrastructure issues, in particular, will be a major focus within our conference programme, presenting the perfect opportunity to learn about the planning, delivery and legacy behind the next major tournaments and get the latest inside knowledge on ticketing, seating, in-stadium technologies, Wi-Fi systems, goal-line assistance, turf and many other topics that will be crucial at the preparation stage of these events.

We have historically been at the forefront of the World Cup-hosting process thanks to our close ties with FIFA and the various bids and LOCs that have been involved in the planning and organising of the world’s biggest show. France, Japan/South Korea, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and Qatar have all benefited from the premium access provided by Soccerex to present their case to the world’s leading governing body. Once again this year the Convention will be the key industry conference to meet Confederations and Organising Committees who will be showcasing the 30-plus major events that will take place in the next five years, including the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France and 2018 FIFA World CupTM in Russia. We are also looking forward to hearing the latest updates on the multi-city 2020 UEFA European Championship and 2022 FIFA World Cup TM in Qatar and the associated stadia and infrastructure projects, giving suppliers the chance to secure deals ahead of these tournaments.

We enjoy the continuous presence and support from the European clubs and leagues and once again this year will be excited to have all English Premier League clubs in attendance; we are also thrilled to be supported by the Football League who, along with their involvement in the event, will bring with them every club in Britain. This presents an unparalleled chance to showcase to and meet all of these clubs’ stadium and commercial representatives, as well as offering suppliers and agencies a wealth of speaking, exhibiting and sponsoring opportunities to present their products and services face-to-face with the leading rights holders in the world.

Joining these leading clubs, federations, brands, government officials, tournament organisers and suppliers will be over 4000 industry stakeholders including sponsors, agencies, media and broadcasters, along with the presence of industry leaders such as FIFA President Joseph Blatter, Chairman of the British Olympic Association lord Sebastian Coe, CEO of RFU Ian Ritchie and FIFA Vice-President Jim Boyce among many others.

This is an occasion not to be missed; I hope to see you there with the rest of the global football family.”

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