Soccerex has been bringing together the global football industry to network in a unique commercial environment for over twenty years. From hosting industry leading networking events across the globe to our market insight campaigns, we provide a platform to connect your business with the game's key stakeholders.
We are committed to growing the beautiful game around the world and our love of football is truly at the heart of everything we do.
Soccerex events have always had legends as a presence, from acting as speakers on panels to talk about their experiences both in the game and after, to walking around the exhibition floor and speaking to the exhibitors. These are some of the legends that have attended our events from 1996-2018!
Having been born into the world of football, Duncan Revie, son of the former England manager, Don Revie, establishes Soccerex as a way of connecting the industry and enhancing the game's commercial potential.
The inaugural Soccerex event is opened by Sir Stanley Matthews at London's Wembley Stadium and returns a year later. The king of sports marketing and founder of IMG, Mark McCormack, was amongst the keynote speakers.
In the run up to France's hosting of the 1998 FIFA World Cup™, Soccerex launches in Paris. The event was one of the first to ever be held at the newly built Stade de France.
Soccerex goes state-side as the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles hosts a groundbreaking event for the region. The event united football figures from five continents in the US ahead of their hosting of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
Soccerex returns to England at Manchester's 'Theatre of Dreams' as Sir Bobby Charlton welcomes delegates to Old Trafford for the 5th and largest edition of Soccerex's early history.
Soccerex agrees a partnership with Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts to bring the event to Dubai for the next 6 years, with the first edition opened by England legend Sir Geoff Hurst and the Gala Dinner taking place on the beach in front of the 7* Burj Al Arab hotel. Our tenure greatly boosted the game’s presence in the region and welcomed global stars such as Eric Cantona and the late Sir Bobby Robson.
In addition to the main Soccerex event in Dubai, in 2005 we launched our regional Forum model with our flagship event held at the Institute of Directors in London. In 2007, the Forum moved to Wembley Stadium.
With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ on the horizon, Soccerex agrees a deal with Gauteng Provincial Government to host our main event in Johannesburg for the 3 years leading up to the tournament. The event emphasized the expanding presence of football in the region and also saw the first ever Soccerex Football Festival take place in Nelson Mandela Square.
An additional Forum is launched in Dubai to continue the expansion of Soccerex's relationships in the Middle East. The event was held in conjunction with Dubai Sports City who credited the Forum's role in fulfilling their commercial objectives in the region.
Following the announcement of Brazil as hosts for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Soccerex run a Forum in Brasília. The event established our relations in South America and featured a number of the game's legends including former European Footballer of the Year, Eusebio, and 1970 FIFA World Cup™ winning captain, Carlos Alberto Torres.
With Asia's footprint in the football industry ever expanding, Singapore is announced as the destination for the inaugural Asian Forum. The event broke new ground for football in the region
With the Brasilia Forum an overwhelming success, Soccerex returns to Brazil, this time for three years in Rio de Janeiro and with the newly branded Soccerex Global Convention. The events were hugely successful in the region's preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ and included presentations from Brazilian stars Neymar and Ronaldo, as well as England manager Roy Hodgson.
Coinciding with Premier League glory being split amongst the blue and red halves of the city, Soccerex returned to Manchester, the nation's club capital of football, for the launch of the European Forum.
Working alongside the Global Convention in Rio de Janeiro and the anticipation leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Soccerex launch the Belem Roadshow.
Soccerex's commitment to promoting the growth of football business worldwide reaches new regions in 2012 with our inaugural event in West Africa, the Soccerex Lagos Seminar. The event drew government officials, federations, rights holders and football legends, as well as over 40 brands including Pepsi, Porsche, Virgin Atlantic, Guinness and Edox.
Following the success of South Africa's hosting of the Global Convention, Soccerex returns, this time to Durban, for the African Forum. The event re-established Soccerex's strong ties in the region and welcomed leading figures in the African game including Lucas Radebe and Christian Karembeu.
Soccerex's inaugural Americas Forum is launched on the beautiful island of Barbados in conjuction with Barbados Tourism Marketing. The event welcomed leading figures on the continent including MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
The Asian Forum moves from Singapore to the banks of The Dead Sea, Jordan, for two years. The event was highly succesful in connecting Asia's numerous stakeholders and also welcomed the legendary Argentinian World Cup winner, Diego Maradona, for an exclusive 1-2-1 interview with spanish journalist Guillem Balague.
Building on the incredible success of the European Forum, The Global Convention moves back to Manchester in a 4 year deal. Since returning to Manchester, the event has continued to grow in stature with LaLiga, The Football League, French Football Federation and Ligue de Football Professionnel amongst the Convention's institutional partners. Iconic football legends such as the 'Class of '92' and Sir Bobby Charlton have also ensured that the event maintains its infamous glamour!
The Soccerex Americas Forum in Mexico was a triumph, the first to be held in the country. The Forum exceeded expectations with over 860 delegates in attendance including representatives from 58 countries and more than 50 companies exhibiting.
Branching out into a new region, the 2016 Soccerex Asian Forum was held in Qatar for the first time. With the country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, it provided the perfect setting for football to come together for two days of insight, networking and business.
Soccerex returns to Manchester one more time for a Global Convention attended by 3,000 delegates from all four corners of the globe.
Soccerex host inaugural events in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China and in Miami, Florida, USA. Both events are supported by the Asian Football Confederation and Concacaf.