The Soccerex Asian Forum drew to a close last week, with delegates returning home to reflect on two busy days of networking, business conversations and insight on Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and the development of the Asian football industry. They can also look forward to further opportunities in 2017 following the confirmation that the Asian Forum will return to Doha on 4-5 December next year.
In Doha last week, at the emotional opening of the Soccerex Asian Forum 2016, Sheffield FC received the first ever Duncan Revie Award for services to the football industry. The award was created to memorialise the late Soccerex founder Duncan Revie, who sadly passed away earlier this year and was presented to by Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy to Sheffield FC Chairman, Richard Tims, who exclusively announced intention to name a stand after Duncan at their new stadium.
Our weekly round up collects the week's best football business stories in one place. This week’s edition features the exciting launch of football's own digital content platform, Roma's new sustainability drive, an update on the stadium which won't be hosting the England team but will be staging the 2022 World Cup final and further strategy development at Adidas as they enhance their focus on the women's game.
Legendary former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez and Nasser Al Khater, the Assistant Secretary General for Tournament Affairs for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy are the latest names confirmed for the Soccerex Asian Forum, taking place in Doha, Qatar, 5-6 December. Al Khater will be talking about preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar and Xavi will be discussing, how the tournament – and football in general – has the power to change and enhance lives across the Middle East.
Against the tragic backdrop of founder Duncan Revie’s untimely passing, Soccerex are proud to report that the Soccerex Global Convention 2016 – the first Soccerex event held without Duncan present – successfully hit both delegate and exhibitor targets and received widespread praise from the football industry.
The second day of the Soccerex Global Convention began with some of the biggest stories in the game unfolding elsewhere.
Formed in 2006, Soccer Without Borders is a charitable foundation that is using football as a force for good. With successful programmes running both in the US and abroad, the organisation aims to use the sport to create a sense of community and further the educations of underprivileged children. The foundation’s co-founder Mary McVeigh tells George Dudley about its decade of work and future plans.
The FA's Director of Participation and Development, Kelly Simmons MBE will be discussing the FA’s National Game Strategy in the Love Football Zone at the Soccerex Global Convention, 26th-28th September, Manchester. Kelly has been involved with the FA for almost 20 years and has been a driving force in developing grassroots football. With the plan being one year into its four year tenure, Kelly will be giving an insight into what has been achieved so far, and how the strategy will continue to progress football across many different levels within the future.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced Aldi as the new naming rights partner and supermarket of its youth soccer platform, the MiniRoos.
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