Johan Cruyff Institute leads debate on football management at the WFS17

Johan Cruyff Institute invites Fernando Revilla, Craig Foster and Gretar Steinsson to take the stage at WFS17 to discuss whether the football industry should be managed by former players

Johan Cruyff Institute will be one of the main protagonists of the second edition of the World Football Summit, the great international football convention to be held in Madrid on October 16 and 17. In addition to attending the event as Academic Partner, the institution has invited three international football experts and former students of the Johan Cruyff Institute to participate in the central panel of debates and conferences to discuss a topic that will give a lot to talk about: Should the Business of Football be managed by (former) Football Players?

To give their point of view on the subject will be: Fernando Revilla, currently president of the America Division and member of the Executive Committee of FIFPro, general manager of the Association of Professional Football Players of Peru, and member of the FIFA Player Status Committee, after 10 years as a professional player; Craig Foster, renowned Australian football commentator and analyst with more than 14 years of experience covering national competitions, the UEFA Champions League, the Europa League, six FIFA World Cups (men’s and women’s) and the Copa America; he was CEO and president of the Professional Footballers Australia and, as a player, he was a player and captain of the Australian national team, as well as of historical British and Australian clubs; and Gretar Steinsson, currently technical director of Fleetwood Town, after playing for a number of clubs, among them Bolton Wonderers of the English Premier League, and for the Iceland national team. The three of them will join our director of the Master in Football Business in collaboration with FC Barcelona, Oliver Seitz, who will be moderator of the debate. The Johan Cruyff Institute panel will be held on Monday, October 16, at 4 pm.

The Goya Theater in Madrid will host the World Football Summit 2017, in a second edition that will have more than 2,000 attendees from 70 different countries and the participation of around 60 first-rate speakers who will address, throughout the two days of the convention, topical issues in the football industry.


Johan Cruyff Institute uses a rich learning environment that fosters educational tools based on a student interaction model. We aim for a mix of students from sports and business sectors, which also enables students to share their unique experiences and learn from each other. Through ‘Cruyffian’ teaching methods the students will engage actively in creative challenges that require effort, commitment and intuitive thinking. Visit the web pages to find out more about our programs, which we deliver in English, for example:

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