The Football Industry Group (FIG)

The University of Liverpool Management School has been an active partner to the football industry since 1994 when the Football Industry Group (FIG) was created offering research, consultancy and executive education.  Members of the School’s Centre for Sports Business work closely with the football industry, including teaching on the Football Industries MBA (FIMBA) and delivering the Diploma in Professional Studies (Football Management) in partnership with the League Managers Association.  We hold governance roles across many football organisations including Professor Sue Bridgewater who is a Director for the League Managers Association, and a Director of Women in Football.  Both Sue and David Cockayne are members of the Football League's Inclusion Group.

The Centre work in partnership with many stakeholders throughout the football industry, including Professor Ian McHale who designed and implemented the Sports Analytics Machine (SAM), a super computer that is used to answer the biggest questions in sport and that provides the BBC with predictions for matches in the Premier League.

The Centre is also incredibly fortunate to have two excellent football Executives In Residence; Dr Rick Parry and Neil Doncaster. Rick was the founding CEO of the Premier League and also CEO of Liverpool FC from 2000-2009. Neil is currently the Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, having previously done the same role for Scottish Premier League and Norwich City FC.

If you’d like to find out more about the work the Centre for Sports Business undertakes across the football industries, or discuss how we can work in collaboration with your organisation please get in touch with us at