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FIFA/CIES International University Network

Fifteen Projects Selected for the FIFA/CIES International University Network Award

By the time of the application deadline, CIES had received fifteen projects which will now all compete in the thirteenth edition of the FIFA/CIES International University Award. An international jury will announce the winning entry in early March 2023.

Fifteen group works will participate in the thirteenth edition of the FIFA/CIES International University Network Final Project Award 2023. All of the projects meet several criteria, including the perspective of the lessons learned in the FIFA/CIES International Programme in Sport Management, the originality of the chosen theme, the way it is approached, the possibility of understanding and debating in an innovative way and whether the issues are related to sport at continental, national or a local level. Finally, the selected projects must have the possibility of putting their proposals and conclusions into practice.

The 2023 projects were particularly interested in themes related to women's football, inclusion and integration, training, the environment, development, grassroots football, sports infrastructures, new technologies and audio-visual rights, to name just a few.

The received projects are as follows:

Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Kimberley Albert, Ricardo Alipaz, Victor Ocando

Desarrollo de un plan integral de innovación hacia la accesibilidad universal e inclusión para CONMEBOL

To make teams participating in CONMEBOL competitions adopt the relevant measures to ensure access for people with disabilities to their stadiums, under equal conditions as other fans. To eliminate the obstacles and barriers they currently encounter when attending a sporting event (infrastructure barriers and lack of technology; social barriers, due to lack of empathy, education and social awareness).

Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

Bousso Dieng, Dolores Kadji Grasiela Fameni, Modou Cisse

Plan d’appui au développement du football féminin au Sénégal : Cultiver l’enthousiasme du football chez les jeunes filles âgées de moins de 12 ans

Given the environment of women's football in Senegal (cultural and religious obstacles), proposal of two solutions to remedy the situation: the creation of a comic book and an entertainment-based learning module.

Universidad Santo Tomás, Santiago, Chile

Gastón Ibáñez Rojas, Joaquín Cárdenas Kaechele, Gissele Toro Santibáñez, Sebastián Alvear Alfaro

Fundación « Juega Reciclando »

To create a non-profit foundation, whose aim is to become a reference organisation in the elaboration and development of sustainable sports surfaces at national and South American level using recyclable materials.

Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Christine Midzi, Gladstone Thabang Letsoalo, Haley van der Walt, Samuel NjorogeOladele, Oladimeji Bamidele

From Grassroots to Global: An Analysis of Factors influencing the Growth of African Football Brands

To establish what factors are key in some growing football brands in Africa - namely Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. To investigate what impediments exist to stunt their growth, resulting in them being restricted to the African market. To examine why African brands are not as successfully recognized and accomplished as European brands.

Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Alyaa Saleh, Dina El Alfy, Donia Nasr, Farida El Sheshingy, Yasmine Barghout

FAME: Female Athlete Management & Events

Supporting female athletes and connecting them with the tools they need to achieve the highest level in their respective sports.

Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Abdel Mohsen Nada, Haddadji Iliès, Ichalalene Saad, Olive Kentin, Slama Mohamed

"L’Académie de l’espoir" - Le sport commo école de la vie

To provide orphans with sporting opportunities, including football development to international standards, as well as individualised personal support in learning foreign languages (French and English).

The University of the West Indies, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Theon Gordon, Crystel Huggins

Let them Play – Grassroots Festival

Initiative, which would help to develop clubs, players and schools to create a sustainable grassroots programme. This initiative seeks to use football as a tool for social development in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Víctor Buitrago, Benito Pardo Azcárraga, Guillermo Valverde Martín

Estadios: Infraestructuras estratégicas

Analysis of the stadium concept and the trends that have been incorporated into it so that it becomes a key tool for economic regeneration and the development of the technology, innovation, social and environmental sustainability sectors in the short, medium and long term.

Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil

Felipe Aires Caetano Pereira, Gabriel Assis, João Vicente Magaldi, Mário Alexander P H Cabral, Matheus Laupman Lima Ferreira Nascimento

Soccer as a Tool for Immigrant Integration in Canada: Toronto Diamond - Multiculturalism and soccer development in the country

To combine the benefits of soccer with the cultural diversity that Toronto's many immigrants are able to deliver. To ensure that sport plays a key role in integrating immigrants within Canadian society, while strengthening the sense of community.

Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil

Enrico Bruno, Enrico Gasques, Gabriel Cardoso, Guilherme Fernandes, Rafael Abduche

What is needed  in order to increase consumption of sports broadcasts among the Z generation?

To verify which factors both attract and distance Generation Z from the consumption of sports broadcasts and propose alternatives of how this group can be captivated by these transmissions.

Universidad San Martín de Porres, Lima, Peru

Sebasíán García Molfino, Alfonso Danilo Pacora Alcalde, Maria Alejandra Palacios Zavaleta, Karin Julissa Ponce Rojas, Miguel Alonso Pinedo Arévalo

Plataforma empleo deportivo - « Connecting Sports »

To enable companies to find different professionals in the sports sector, and make sports professionals more visible to sports organisations, and increasing their chances of entering the sector.

Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, UAE

Olympic Sports City in UAE

Mariam Al Blooshi, Saif AlMansoori

Investigation into the process needed to design and build an Olympic city in UAE. The project also deals with all the necessary factors and aspects to build a sustainable sporting spirit and environment by raising society as a whole.

Mahatma Education Society’s Pillai Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai, India

Abi Varghese, Abhishek Venkatesha, Haresh Doria

Analysing NFT ticketing as a solution for sports events

To provide conclusions based on qualitative data collected on themes around issues in ticketing, data collection, risks, law aspects, NFTs tickets and industry reaction. To list opportunities and challenges linked to these issues.

Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador

Carlos Lazo, Carlos Álvarez, Bella Obando, Gabriela Salazar, Renato Gavilanes

Plan de negocio para la creación de una empresa que se dedique a la venta de boletos electrónicos a eventos y espectáculos deportivos

Change the sale of traditional physical tickets for Pro League and Ecuador Cup matches to a digital format, guaranteeing at the time of purchasing a ticket, greater security in each of the country's stadiums.

Universidad de Puerto Rico – Recinto de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

JUMP PR - Cómo mejorar las destrezas motoras a través del salto con cuerda

Richard González, Ángel Colón, Christian Pérez

To respond to the decline in physical activity in children, either due to an accelerated lifestyle of their parents or due to external factors (these problems have affected the development of motor skills in children and youth). To seek to counteract said problems in an effective and fun way through single rope jumping skills, both individually and in groups.