FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News NuCalm Search For Europe’s Best CEO http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4579/title=nucalm+search+for+europe%92s+best+ceo fcbusiness has overseen the prestigious Football CEO of the Year award at the Football Business Awards since 2012 and in partnership with NuCalm we have created the European CEO of the Year Award. The Football Business Awards (FBA) recognises and rewards the hard work that takes place off the pitch. With an illustrious judging panel selected for their experience and expertise the FBAs have grown into a significant annual networking event. The awards are becoming more and more difficult to win... FIFA Appoint Marco van Basten In Technical Development Role http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4578/title=fifa+appoint+marco+van+basten+in+technical+development+role Former Dutch football international Marco van Basten has been appointed as FIFA Chief Officer for Technical Development. The role, which he officially starts next week, will see van Basten head up all technical areas ranging from football technology innovation to refereeing. Today he paid a first visit to the home of FIFA in Zurich where he was welcomed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and by the Deputy Secretary General (Football) Zvonimir Boban. It's a great honour for me to be... EFL Clubs Say No To Premier League B Teams http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4577/title=efl+clubs+say+no+to+premier+league+b+teams The EFL and its 72 member clubs have collectively ruled out including Premier League B teams in future plans to reform the structure of English football. Confirmation that the inclusion of Premier League B Teams, clubs from non-English leagues or those outside the English football pyramid will not form part of any ongoing discussions for the Whole Game Solution, was made by the EFL following a meeting of its clubs today (Thursday 22 September). EFL clubs have been collectively... More VIP Speakers Join Line Up For Host City 2016 http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4576/title=more+vip+speakers+join+line+up+for+host+city+2016 FIFA Council Member Michel DHooghe, European Commission Head of Sport Yves Le Lostecque and Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg announced as panellists Host City 2016 Conference and Exhibition continues to attract top experts and key decision makers to speak at its event, with Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg CBE , FIFA Council Member Baron Dr. Michel DHooghe and European Commission Head of Sport Yves Le Lostecque among the latest big names to join... Everton Nominated For Six Football Business Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4575/title=everton+nominated+for+six+football+business+awards Everton Football Club and Everton in the Community have been nominated for a total of six awards after being shortlisted across the board at the 2016 Football Business Awards. The Blues have been nominated in a number of different categories at the prestigious event after successful nominations for both the club and its official charity. Evertons record breaking Season Ticket campaign is up for the award of Best Marketing Initiative . The club devised the campaign around the well-known... New Season New Opportunities For Football Clubs http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4574/title=new+season+new+opportunities+for+football+clubs This season, Premier League clubs have had a massive boost following the 5.14bn TV rights deal. However, kit manufacturer and club sponsorship deals continue to be a vital revenue stream for all clubs. Different kits each season (normally three) offer fans extra excitement and really push the boundaries of fans commitment to their club. Like broadcasting and match-day revenue, commercial revenue is a major factor in determining the yearly income for football clubs. Clubs generate... The Future of Football Stadia to be discussed at Soccerex http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4573/title=the+future+of+football+stadia+to+be+discussed+at+soccerex The world of football stadia and its future state will be debated at the Soccerex Global Convention, 26th-28th September, Manchester. A panel of experts will include Athletic Bilbao Stadium Director, Borja Gonzalez, Andy Simons, Founding Director of KSS, and Ruben Reddy, owner of specialists in sports architecture, Ruben Reddy Architects. Moderated by Lisa Knights, Communications Director at Bristol Sports, the main discussion topics will include stadia technology, the impact of stadia on future... UEFA Reveal Euro 2020 Logo In London http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4572/title=uefa+reveal+euro+2020+logo+in+london The UEFA EURO 2020 tournament visual identity and the London host city logo were presented today. Newly-elected UEFA president, Aleksander eferin, together with the chairman of the English Football Association, Greg Clarke, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, unveiled the tournaments visual identity and the London host city logo at a ceremony at London City Hall. The bridge, as a universal symbol of connection and unity, inspired the logo for the UEFA EURO 2020 brand, which... Hotel Football Hosts Football Law Conference http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4571/title=hotel+football+hosts+football+law+conference St Johns Buildings, in conjunction with the Centre for Sports Law Research at Edge Hill University, presents a Football Law Conference on Friday 18 November 2016 that brings together some of the leading sports law and governance experts from across Europe. www.stjohnsbuildings.com This conference will allow those who practice in the area of sports law, or those who aspire to do so, to hear what those involved at the very heart of game believe the future holds for football. This whole day... A Look At Some Of The Biggest Managerial Takeovers In Football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4570/title=a+look+at+some+of+the+biggest+managerial+takeovers+in+football Football, whether you love watching it, playing it or both, is definitely the nations favourite sport. There is so much that goes into football from the teams playing on the pitch to their managers that support them; for the latest sports news head to 888sport ; the managers have already caused quite the stir this season. What with some of the most expensive signers in the summer transfer window including Granit Xhaka who became Arsenals first signing and Michy Batshuayi who is now... VSI To Sponsor Prestigious Football Business Award http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4569/title=vsi+to+sponsor+prestigious+football+business+award VSI Masters in Sporting Directorship to sponsor CEO of the Year Award at the Football Business Awards. fcbusiness magazine is excited to announce VSI Manchester Metropolitan University - Masters in Sporting Directorship as sponsor of the Football CEO of the Year award at this years Football Business Awards , held at the Emirates Stadium on the 3 rd November. The Masters in Sporting Directorship is the first of its kind designed to develop all the personal and commercial... ESA Announces Affiliation With Southampton Football Club http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4568/title=esa+announces+affiliation+with+southampton+football+club With the ICONs completion in summer 2016, ESA have secured official training aid supplier status with Southampton FC, who have taken two ICON arenas to be used throughout the duration of the 2016/17 season. As one of the worlds most prestigious academies, with a proven reputation for success in the development of players, the Saints are working with ESA to further develop the ICON to complete its transition into a professional training environment. Their coaches,... Space: The Next Frontier in Tactical Analytics of Elite Team Sports http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4567/title=space%3A+the+next+frontier+in+tactical+analytics+of+elite+team+sports An examination of the different levels of Spatial Analytics and how this applies to modern day elite sport by Bill Gerrard who will be speaking at 3 rd annual Sportdata Performance Forum, Dublin 22-23 November. A must read for anyone interested or involved in sports team analytics. The essence of invasion-territorial games such as the various codes of football, rugby, hockey and basketball is the control of space through the tactical coordination of players. Yet to date the application of... How management changes affect football clubs http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4565/title=how+management+changes+affect+football+clubs Although public perception seems to be in disagreement, football clubs are in fact businesses that will operate within the same professional guidelines as any respectable company. Lower league teams often face the same problems as small businesses, struggling for funding and to upgrade essential infrastructure. Premier League teams, meanwhile, are multi-million pound corporations, with shareholders to please and huge financial transactions to broker. Good management is essential to any business,... Manchester City Seal European First Robotics Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4564/title=manchester+city+seal+european+first+robotics+partnership An innovative global partnership with UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP will give Manchester City fans around the world the opportunity to enjoy exclusive content and unique experiences. In a first for a European football club, the Blues welcome UBTECH as their Official Robot Partner, in a deal which will enhance fan engagement and entertainment. A world leader in consumer robotics, UBTECH is the first company in China to design and manufacture humanoid robots. The new partnership, which is a first of its... Arena Seating Transform Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4563/title=arena+seating+transform+bristol+rovers%26%23039%3B+memorial+stadium Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium has an expanded capacity with two new look stands designed and installed by Arena Seating for the 2016/17 season. The use of Arenas demountable, or semi-permanent, seating systems meant the Clubs upgrades could be achieved quickly and economically. Following consecutive promotions from Conference Premiership and League 2, the club was taken over by the Al Qadi family in February this year, and has since enjoyed an impressive third promotion... Stoke City To Launch New Website And Online Store http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4562/title=stoke+city+to+launch+new+website+and+online+store Stoke City has today announced a new partnership with leading sports digital agency Rippleffect . The Premier League club has appointed Rippleffect on a long-term contract to redefine and transform its digital presence, including the redevelopment of the clubs main website ( stokecityfc.com ) and online retail store ( scfcdirect.com ). The established Premier League club is looking to enhance its reputation in the UK and abroad by launching two modern, fully-responsive and... ECA Backs Evolution Of UEFA Club Competitions http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4561/title=eca+backs+evolution+of+uefa+club+competitions New 2018-21 UEFA Club Competition concept further improves club position both from a finance and governance perspective. Representatives from 153 member clubs attended the European Club Association s (ECA) 17th General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland in which they backed UEFAs new Club Competition concept. Following the official UEFA announcement in Monaco on 26 August, ECA Member Clubs were provided with details of UEFAs Executive Committee decision to amend the UEFA Club... Liverpool FC Ranked No.1 For Fan Experience http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4560/title=liverpool+fc+ranked+no.1+for+fan+experience Liverpool Football Club has been ranked No.1 in the Premier Leagues VisitFootball Quality Assured Stadium Assessment Scheme, for its overall fan experience. The VisitFootball standard has been developed in partnership with Live Tourism and VisitEngland. The scheme helps clubs set benchmark standards for match experience from the perspective of home supporters, visiting supporters, supporters with specialist access requirements and supporters in hospitality areas. Liverpool gained first... Sportdata Performance Forum Announces Keynote Speakers http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4559/title=sportdata++performance+forum+announces+keynote+speakers Over 30 of the sport industry's most outstanding thought leaders have been named as guest speakers at the 3rd annual Sportdata Performance Forum. The event, held on 22 nd 23 rd November 2016 in Dublin, Ireland is an established and quality gathering of the most progressive leaders and senior decision makers within the international sports analytics industry. Learn, network be inspired! Speakers confirmed so far include: Dr Nick Winkelman , Head of Athletic Performance ... FIFA Appoint New Chief Finance Officer http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4558/title=fifa+appoint+new+chief+finance+officer FIFA have announced the appointment of Thomas Peyer from Switzerland as their new Chief Finance Officer. Peyer, who takes up his position today (5 September) 2016, joins FIFA from Kuoni Group, where he most recently held the position of Group CFO. With 25 years' experience of positions in finance, he has held a variety of senior finance positions at Kuoni Group in Zurich and London, managing teams nationally and internationally. In addition, he previously worked as a project manager for AXA... Gilberto Silva To Speak At Soccerex Global Convention http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4557/title=gilberto+silva+to+speak+at+soccerex+global+convention+ Ex-Arsenal midfielder and current Panathinaikos Technical Director, Gilberto Silva, will speak at the upcoming Soccerex Global Convention, 26th-28th September, Manchester. Gilberto will be joining Edwin Van Der Sar, Alain Belsoeur and Gerard Houllier to discuss "Academies: A Foundation for Success" with the panellists sharing their extensive experience on player development and the role academies play in the strategic and commercial development of football clubs. The former midfielder will also... NorthWest’s Players Battle For Top Prizes At MBNA Northwest Football Awards http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4556/title=northwest%92s+players+battle+for+top+prizes+at+mbna+northwest+football+awards Players from the Northwests top clubs will battle it out for top honours at the prestigious MBNA NorthWest Football Awards in November. Manchester Uniteds David De Gea and Citys Kevin De Bruyne are set to go head to head this month in more ways than one as voting is officially opened for the 2016 MBNA Northwest Football Awards. The two Manchester based Premier League starlets who face each other on 10th September in the Manchester derby are up for the accolade of Premier... 128 Grassroots Sports Facilities Get £28.3m Investment http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4555/title=128+grassroots+sports+facilities+get+%A328.3m+investment Between January and June 2016, the Football Foundation awarded grants worth 28.3m from the Premier League The FA Facilities Fund towards 128 grassroots sport facility projects across the country. The Foundation delivers the Premier League The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Funding Partners: the Premier League, The FA and the Government / Sport England. Grants awarded from the Fund by the Foundation primarily go towards the development of new or refurbished floodlit third... Top Sporting Organisations Sign-up For New Conference http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=4554/title=top+sporting+organisations+sign-up+for+new+conference The Kia Oval is the setting for this one day event on Thursday 13 October 2016, designed to help not-for-profit sports organisations - like National Governing Bodies and County Sport Partnerships - to continue to improve, innovate and ensure their financial sustainability. The event is hosted by the Football Foundation who are well-known for their innovative use of technology, including Upshot (pictured), to improve efficiency and measure impact. Andy Reed OBE, from the Sports Think Tank, will...