They know about football

University of Limoges (France)
Birkbeck, University of London (UK)
The UEFA MIP is delivered by two world-class academic institutions: the Centre de Droit et d’Economie du Sport (CDES) at the University of Limoges, France, and the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, Birkbeck, University of London.
CDES has extensive experience in retraining professional players through its general manager’s diploma, which has been running since 1999 and has an excellent reputation. Alumni include Zinédine Zidane, Laurent Blanc, Olivier Dacourt and Dominique Rocheteau.
Birkbeck, University of London meanwhile, has considerable experience in researching the organisation, governance and business management of football organisations, and in delivering postgraduate sport management programmes. It collaborates closely with UEFA and has developed the FIFPro Professional Education Programme together with FIFPro, the world players’ union.
Both CDES and Birkbeck are also academic partners of the Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO), a world-class training programme for decision-makers in sport, developed in close cooperation with UEFA and other leading sports organisations.
By building on experience and successful long-term cooperation, and by bringing together the best teaching staff and speakers, the UEFA MIP is set to become the ultimate academic programme in sports management for former international professional athletes.
FIFPro is the worldwide representative organization for all professional players; more than 65,000 footballers in total. Founded on December 15, 1965, FIFPro has 58 members, 2 candidate members and 5 observers.
The mission ‘FIFPro supports players’ and our mission statement ‘FIFPro is the exclusive collective voice of the world’s professional footballers’ are key principles. These are the two guiding foundations that underpin FIFPro’s activities.

“The European Club Association (ECA) is the sole, independent body directly representing football clubs at the European level. Since its creation in 2008, the ECA safeguards and promotes the interests of football clubs on European club football matters, and also serves as an advisor to its Member Clubs on both sporting and business aspects of football. The European Club Association strives to maintain a high level involvement in the decision-making process of football governing bodies, and to provide a platform for knowledge sharing, information and services to its over 200 Member Clubs.”