Soccerex looks ahead to 2012
14 Dec 2011
Having had a hugely successful 2011, Soccerex looks ahead to 2012 and the Soccerex European Forum which returns to Manchester for its third year on the 28-29 March. Bringing together key business figures from across Europe, the Soccerex European Forum will provide two days of business, networking and learning opportunities for the football industry.
Following the success of the 2011 edition, this year’s forum is set to be even bigger. Over 1,400 industry stakeholders attended last year including representatives from clubs, federations, governing bodies, leagues, sponsors, stadia, performance companies and many more. Every edition of the European Forum has seen all 20 English Premier League clubs in attendance and visitors can expect the same representation for the 2012 event as well as leading clubs from across Europe.
Business is first and foremost on the agenda. Delegates will benefit from pre-event online networking whilst during the event, there will be a number of formal and informal opportunities to meet new and existing contacts.
Once again, the conference programme will discuss all the cutting-edge issues affecting European Football today including Financial Fair Play. With the initial phases of implementation underway, delegates can benefit from a number of sessions looking at various areas affected by UEFA’s new policy such as club ownership, stadia, sponsorship and player development. Philip Beard, Chief Executive Officer of Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) is confirmed to speak on club ownership and the impact financial fair play will have on the opportunities and potential benefits for owners going forward.
The conference line-up will also address betting in football; with billions of pounds exchanged each year, betting in football is big business. The session will consider the growing commercial and social changes associated in the relationship between betting and football, regulation issues and the responsibility the betting industry has towards ensuring the integrity of the game including what is being done to tackle issues surrounding match fixing.
The relationship between football and the media is another area that will be considered during the programme looking at how the relationship has evolved, deciphering whether one can live without the other and looking at how this relationship differs across the continent.
The future of league structures is another topical issue which will be discussed. With the gap between top clubs and the rest of the table becoming more prominent in many European leagues, the session looks at the future of league structures and the impact with regard to competitiveness, broadcasting and sponsorship, panellists will discuss whether it would be beneficial to structure leagues regionally or by ability rather than national boundaries.
The level of content and quality of attendance makes this an event not to be missed for anyone involved in European football. Contact us now for more information on the latest delegate, exhibition & sponsorship offers.
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