Soccerex sign off in Manchester, next stop – Qatar!

Soccerex sign off in Manchester, next stop – Qatar!
The Soccerex Global Convention 2017 drew nearly 3000 international delegates to Manchester last week and the attention of millions more around the world via television and social media, bringing to an end an eight year stay in the city, with the market leading football business event set to move to Qatar in 2018.

Since Soccerex first returned to Manchester in 2010 – an early event was held there in 2000 – their events in the northern metropolis have attracted over 15,000 industry figures from around the world, providing a stimulus for billions of pounds of business and the growth of the global game. The 2017 edition saw 2928 attend over the three days, including 1120 representatives from football clubs, leagues or federations – a record for a Soccerex event – with LaLiga, EFL and EPFL all hosting official meetings at the Convention. The exhibition featured 146 companies exhibiting and the conference delivered 36 hours of market insight – another event record – covering subjects ranging from the transfer market and coach methodologies to fan generated content and eSports.  

The Global Convention began with David Dein presenting the Duncan Revie Award, an annual acknowledgment created in honour of the late Soccerex founder to recognise individuals or organisations who, through their innovation and enterprise, have had a profoundly positive impact on the beautiful game. The 2017 edition was posthumously awarded to Johan Cruyff who, like Duncan sadly passed away in 2016 and Cruyff Football CEO and former Dutch international, Wim Jonk was on hand to collect the award on Johan’s behalf.  

Cruyff’s legacy was celebrated throughout the Convention with Jonk joined later on the Monday by Johan’s son, Jordi for a panel discussion on his father’s impact on football and then, on the Tuesday, senior Cruyff Football representatives speaking alongside technical experts from the Royal Belgian Football Association and Athletic Bilbao to discuss the great man’s coaching philosophies. 

Other event highlights included interviews with England Rugby Head Coach, Eddie Jones and LaLiga President Javier Tebas talking about the art of coaching and the problem of financial doping respectively. CONCACAF Secretary General, Philippe Moggio and Relevent Sports Chairman, Charlie Stillitano both discussed the joint US, Mexico and Canada FIFA World Cup bid and Manchester United’s Juan Mata participated in a special panel to look at the Common Goal, a social initiative he is supporting by pledging 1% of his salary to high impact football charities.

The Convention drew to a close with a look back at 25 years of the Premier League where David Dein, one of the league’s founders, returned to speak in a lively discussion alongside Kolo Touré, Mike Phelan and Stan Collymore.  A summary of event highlights along with links to the session videos can be found in the Soccerex YouTube channel.

The Convention’s mix of high profile sporting figures and global business experts attracted over 150 media representatives to cover the event, generating over 1600 online stories alone. The event also dominated industry social media that week with Eddie Jones’ participation trending on twitter and over 1.3million impressions for Soccerex posts.

The Global Convention 2017 was the last of the series in Manchester. Soccerex will next be moving on to Qatar with the Soccerex Asian Forum 2017 taking place in Doha this December and, as exclusively revealed in Manchester, the 2018 edition of the Soccerex Global Convention will be taking place in the Qatar next November with the continuing support of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.

Commenting on the last Convention in Manchester and the move to Qatar, Soccerex Chairman Tony Martin said:

“The past few days have been fantastic; a fantastic advert for the thriving football industry we represent and a fantastic way to sign off on eight wonderful years in Manchester. I am very proud of what we achieved and I would like to thank many different people who have been part of delivering this excellent event. It was very emotional for Rita, myself and all the Soccerex team doing this event without Duncan but I know he was looking down on us, helping us along the way. We move on now to Qatar for the Asian Forum in December and then the Global event next November, with Soccerex China sandwiched in between. These events will provide the Soccerex experience in new and thriving markets and with advanced discussions taking place around new events in Europe and North America these are exciting times for Soccerex!”

The Soccerex Asian Forum will take place on 4-5 December at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Doha, hosted with the support of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. Soccerex China will take place in Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta on 17-18 April 2018. For more information on either of these events please go to

Watch all the conference sessions from the Global Convention



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