Africa’s premier football business event, the Football Africa Summit will stage its third edition in Johannesburg on 7-9 February 2019 at the same time of the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, and it will host all the key stakeholders debating the business and development aspects of the beautiful game.
The Summit will primarily focuses its discussions on all the major aspects of the game inclusive of player welfare, coaching, marketing and sponsorship, fan engagement, football agents, improving leagues and clubs structures; etc.
The Summit aims to become Africa’s biggest football stakeholder and knowledge sharing platform to debate the future of the game on the continent.
A high-level African Sports Ministers Roundtable will debate as to what extent governments in Africa should support national federations, leagues, clubs as well as grassroots development to make the continent’s teams more competitive in major international tournaments.
It will also feature a Football Player Session, where matters pertaining to the welfare of football players will top the agenda in discussions between, leagues, clubs, players, unions, and football agents respectively. This Session will also focus on the aspect of financial support and pension schemes as well as investment opportunities for players.
The Summit will also host the Elite Coaches Panel Discussion allowing the continent’s best technical minds to debate the future trends of coaching as well as their role to advance the overall ability of African players and the competitiveness of our teams on the international stage.
A Club Licensing and League Development Session will also be a key-feature of the Summit and some of the best minds on these subject matters will engage officials from clubs and leagues on how to scale their structures for it to be on par with their international counterparts.
A highlight of the Summit will be European-African Partnership Exchange, which will facilitate cooperation agreements between African football structures and representatives from European federations, leagues, clubs and other football stakeholders to forge sustainable partnerships for the development of the game on the continent at large.
The African Football Intermediaries Association (AFIA) meeting will also be held during the Summit with the main objective to build a strong membership of football agents from across the continent. Agents are encouraged to support AFIA as a unified voice for their industry and to take up issues on their behalf. Agents are also called upon to serve on the various sub-committees of AFIA and to work with their colleagues in other countries to make it easier to introduce their players to clubs in those markets.
The Forum will also adopt the African Football Development Charter, which will promote broader commitment of people involved in the game across the continent.
The Football Africa Awards will conclude the Summit with recognition given to the best performing administrators, clubs, leagues, federations, media outlets and outstanding personalities for their unselfish contribution to the development of the game on the continent.
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