The new geography of football
Published: 01 Jun 2016
The World Football Forum takes place in Paris on the 7th-8th July 2016 and GlobalSportsJobs are proud to be media partners to the event.
The central theme of the World Football Forum in 2016 is the ‘New Geography of Football’ – the high-growth new markets for the international game.
Leading the pack of emerging football powerhouses of the 21st Century is China, whose football-loving President Xi has prioritised the development of the domestic game, and in doing so is unlocking a vast new market.
The globalisation of football is being felt just as strongly in other new markets – from the upcoming FIFA World Cup™ Host Nations Russia and Qatar, through India and South-East Asia, and across the African continent.
The geography of football is changing fast, and with fresh leadership in the sport’s most senior governing bodies steering the world game in a new direction, the World Football Forum will offer the first chance to chart the opportunities and the challenges ahead for the international football industry.
Our guests is made of delegates from South Africa, Bhutan, Brunei, China, India, nations from across the Gulf, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as sports executives from North and South America, joining senior representatives from the traditional European football heartlands, more countries than ever before will be taking part in WFF 2016 in Paris. Governing bodies, regional confederations, national FAs and clubs from across the globe will gather with the leading players from the football industry to explore the new geography of football.
With India hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup™ – the nation’s first major football event – and with the huge increase in corporate investment and fan engagement into the game of football in the world’s second most populous country, the India session at WFF will be one of the event highlights this year. We’re very proud to welcome Kushal Das, General Secretary of the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) and Sunando Dhar, CEO of the top tier iLeague onto the speaker panel for the session.
The WFF team are in China this week, in an intensive round of media interviews and meetings to announce the latest news – including the confirmation of some new names for the headline China session in the Paris Forum in July. Both Ma Guoli, Vice Chairman of LeTV Sports and Zhang Xing, Deputy Controller of CCTV Sports have committed to take part as speakers at this year’s event.
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