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Birkbeck partners with the UEFA Executive Master for International Players Edition 5

The UEFA Executive Master for International Players (MIP) helps to enhance the careers of Professional Football Players.

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The UEFA Executive Master for International Players (MIP) is a unique educational program designed to enhance the careers of professional football players. A joint venture between UEFA (the governing body of European football) and some of Europe's top universities, including Birkbeck, University of London and the Centre for Law & Economy of Sport (CDES). Applications are now open for the 5th edition of the program.

The program is targeted at active and former professional football players wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in areas such as leadership, management, and sports law. Delivered through a blended learning approach, which combines online learning with face-to-face teaching, the programme allows the participants to balance studying with their professional football careers.

The UEFA MIP is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to become successful leaders in the football industry. Delivered by leading experts in the football industry, including former football players, coaches, and administrators, the program covers a wide range of topics, including strategic planning, talent identification and development, financial management, and sports law.

The UEFA MIP has been initiated by UEFA as a mechanism to equip international players with the tools for a future in the administrative management of football. Other partners in the program include FIFPro (the world players' union for professional footballers) and the ECA (the European Club Association).


Recruitment for the 5th edition of the UEFA MIP is now open - see details of how to apply.

For full details of the programme see: The UEFA MUP website


The UEFA MIP is designed for former international athletes (primarily football players but not exclusively), from all countries, who have played at the highest level, with the aim of giving them tools for match-winning performances in football administration and management as part of a second career.

This programme is aimed at helping these former elite athletes to make the transition from top players to top leaders. The UEFA MIP is designed to meet not only the specific needs of these athletes who have played at the highest level but also the needs of sports organisations. 

Former professional athletes who have played international matches have a lot to offer in the sports sector. Some of the skills acquired as a high-level athlete are directly transferable to the role of a top manager working for a company or an organisation (leadership, commitment, team spirit, etc.). The sports sector has therefore a clear interest in offering them the opportunity to start a second elite career.

The UEFA MIP is aimed at providing the tools to transfer and complement these sporting skills, thanks to innovative and tailor-made learning methods, in order to help former top players become top leaders.


The UEFA MIP, Edition 5, programme comprises seven week-long sessions over a period of twenty months (from October 2023 to April 2025) and is compatible with a professional schedule. The sessions are held in major European cities (Nyon, Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, Dortmund, London), while the final session takes place in Miami (USA). 

Each course is designed for 30 participants who are expected to participate actively to the seven sessions of the training programme, to get involved in the various practical exercises that are tailor-made for them, and to write a report to be defended orally at the end of the programme. 

The level of expectations corresponds to a master's degree but the assessment process and teaching methods have been tailored according to the participants' specific backgrounds as former internationals that have played at the highest level.


If you would like to find out more about the programme please contact Sean Hamil directly:

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