In 1995, whilst attending ‘In the City’, a business event for the music industry, Duncan Revie and his wife Rita saw the opportunity to do the same for the football industry. Duncan, son of the late, great England and Leeds United manager, Don Revie, combined his football roots with the vast hospitality experience that he and Rita shared to host the first Soccerex Convention in 1996.
Since then Soccerex has firmly established itself as the leading provider of business events for the global football community.
Soccerex is founded by Duncan Revie and Rita Whelan.
The very first Soccerex event is launched at the home of football, Wembley Stadium.
Based on the success of the first year, Soccerex returns to Wembley Stadium for another year.
UEFA President Michel Platini opens Soccerex’s first event in Paris at the Stade de France.
Soccerex goes stateside and hosts an event at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Old Trafford becomes Soccerex’s next venue as the event grows in size and stature. Manchester United and England Legend Sir Bobby Charlton welcomes delegates.
Soccerex works with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts to bring the event to Dubai for the next 6 years. The inaugural event is opened by England Legend Sir Geoff Hurst, with the Gala Dinner on the Dubai beach infront of the 7* Burj Al Arab hotel.
In addition to the main event in Dubai, a smaller Soccerex Forum is launched at the Institute of Directors in London.
After 6 fantastic years in Dubai, Soccerex signs a deal with Gauteng Provincial Government to host an event in Johannesburg in the 4 years leading up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Soccerex’s London Forum also moves to the iconic Wembley Stadium, where it will be hosted until 2009.
Keen to sustain firm relations in the Middle East, Soccerex hosts a Dubai Forum.
Following the announcement of Brazil as the next World Cup hosts, Soccerex launches a Brasilia Forum, the first event to be held in Brazil ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Soccerex truly cements its position as the global leader for the business of football by announcing three brand new events: European Forum, Manchester; Asian Forum, Singapore; Global Convention, Rio de Janeiro.