Football Industries MBA Add to your prospectus

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2018
  • Entry requirements: MBA Candidates are normally expected to have a minimum of 2–3 years of substantive managerial experience in the private or public sector.


‌The University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB-Accredited.

‌The MBA programme entered The Economist’s ‘Which MBA?’  top 100 global ranking in 2015 and retained its position in the 2016 rankings.

The MBA programme achieved Tier 1 Status in CEO Magazine’s 2017 European MBA Rankings.

Programme Overview

The Football Industries MBA (FIMBA) programme is the original, and still the only, Football Industries MBA. As an MBA programme, it has the real business focus that management positions in modern sport demand. The programme focuses on the professionalism and business of the beautiful game. If you want to work in the global football industry—with clubs, governing bodies or related marketing, media and sponsorship companies—this is the MBA programme for you.

The FIMBA programme is the top ranked sports MBA in the UK and the top-ranked football master’s in the world (SportBusiness International’s 2015 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings).

The core elements of the programme – leadership, strategy, organisations, managerial economics, innovation, international business and the global environment, entrepreneurship and managing financial resources – are delivered in concentrated blocks to encourage a deeper understanding, with a strong emphasis on interactive teaching and learning.

The specialist football modules apply business concepts to modern football. You’ll gain a critical awareness of issues in football management, finance, law, marketing and sponsorship.

Crucially, you’ll receive vocational training for the industry, including the Becoming a Football Executive module and a Sports Operations Management module.

The broader skills you’ll acquire include analysis, problem solving, creativity and decision-making. The Becoming a Football Executive module will also serve to strengthen and hone your interpersonal, communication abilities. Based in Liverpool, the football hotbed of the North-West of England, English clubs are accessible as laboratories for students to put theory into practice.

If you already hold an MBA or are working in the industry and would like to study the football specific modules only, we offer a Certificate in Business Administration (Football Industries).

Work based projects

Work based project providers have included

Providers have included:

  • Celtic FC 
  • Everton FC
  • Galatasaray S.K.
  • Liverpool FC 
  • Manchester City FC 
  • The Football Association
  • UEFA

Why University of Liverpool Management School?

MBA Guest Speakers

Recent speakers have included:

  • Adrian Bevington
    Former Club England Managing Director at the Football Association
  • Jane Purdon
    Director of Governance, Premier League
  • Robert Elstone
    CEO, Everton FC
  • Alex Phillips
    Head of Stakeholder Affairs, UEFA
  • John Watts
    Sports TV Director for ITV
  • Stefano Petruzzo
    Head of Strategy, Liverpool FC

MBA Student Community

Each year our MBA students form lasting friendships, build a supportive network and make key business contacts with future leaders from around the world. The MBA student community meets regularly, following a calendar of social events funded in part by the Management School. Our students take full advantage of all that Liverpool has to offer – from eating out, to visiting bars, watching theatre and enjoying the lively music scene. Football Industry MBA students are also encouraged to play, as well as study the beautiful game, as part of FRUMBA FC.

For more detail about other great programme features visit our website.