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FIFA/CIES International University Network

Sixth edition of the FIFA/CIES Network Prize: 14 projects in the running!

CIES has received fourteen projects for the sixth edition of the FIFA/CIES International University Network Prize (i.e. two more than in 2014). An international jury will select the winning project on 14 January 2016.

Created in 2011 on the initiative of Universidad Católica Argentina, the purpose of the FIFA/CIES International University Network Prize is to reward original work aimed at understanding sports phenomena and developing innovative projects at the continental, national, regional and/or local levels.

The fourteen projects selected by the CIES partner universities are:

Universidad de Costa Rica, San José

Laura Alvarado Segura, Carlo Magno Burgos Vargas, Miguel Brenes Espinoza, Irene Solís Quirós, Mario Vega Morales

“Improving regulation of professional boxing practice in Costa Rica ”

Implementation of a structure and of regulations for professional boxing practice in Costa Rica with the objective of creating a national federation to serve as an example at the level of Central America.

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

Bruna Meireles Severo, Gabriel Luz, Isabela Guadanini Pinheiro, Luca Bernardi Gallacci, Michelle Alves de Sousa

“From the Sofa to the Stadiums - A communication Plan for the Brazilian League - Serie A ”

Development of a communication plan to, on the one hand, encourage Brazilian football fans to return to stadiums in order to increase the income of the Brazilian football league to benefit all the stakeholders concerned and, on the other hand, to increase the visibility of the league in the country and abroad.

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

Cristiano Arthur S. Parente, Guilherme Freddi Lotufo, Silvio Cesar de Medeiros Pereira

“Quality Certification in Sports Management ”

Defining a certification process for sports entities based on quality standards, in particular taking into account professionalization of management methods, tools and structures.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Maximilian S. Grünewald, Warren Hartland 

“Green Goal": Sustainability in Football ”

Creation of an energy concept and source taking environmental protection into account; offering sports entities throughout the world the opportunity to use a concept based on solar energy allowing them to save money while paying attention to environmental issues.

Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires

Matías Gioia, Daniel Vega, Patricio Baigorrotegui, Federico Silva, Sebastián Olano

“Management of ‘small/average’ clubs. The case of Atlético Platense ”

Analysis of management of a ‘small/average’ club in Argentina in the fields of finance, administration, communication, legal aspects, marketing and event organisation; advising the club and defining a plan for practical application of the findings of the analysis.

Universidad Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela

Luis Daniel Agostini, Marco Antonio Fagnano, Gleyn Hernández, Hector Manuel Torres

“Sportmatch: A sustainable digital instrument integrating and favouring opportunities in sport ”

Development of a digital tool increasing the opportunities for young athletes to be in contact with sports organisations, agents, universities or businesses to help them live their dreams.

Universidad San Martín de Porres, Lima, Peru

Germán Sánchez Raponi, Miguel Garay

“Football tactics to develop the capacities of the human brain ”

Design of a board game based on football tactics to develop the intelligence of the human brain.

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain

Reyes Bellver Alonso, Álvaro Conde Ramírez, João Pedro Fonseca

“Invictus sports management project ”

Creation of a new sports management model to develop football club values based on an ethical code, juniors, training, solidarity, protocol, marketing and communication.

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

Kevin Jhinoo, Farouk Patel

“FIFA Fan-Tastic Football Initiative ”

Development of a project to allow disabled children to play football, manage teams and participate in tournaments by means of a virtual platform.

Universidad Santo Tomás, Santiago, Chile

Ignacio Castro, Francisco Errázuriz, Felipe López, Alberto Quiroga

“Partners - Development and management of sports infrastructures”

Creation and management of sports infrastructures making it possible to increase the income of clubs while developing their links with their fans and their communities.

University of Cairo, Egypt

Eman Kamal, Hayfa Guedri, Youssof Ahmed, Mohamed Radwan

“Arab women’s football championship ”

Project intended to support a change in attitude of the Arab community with respect to women, to put Arab women back on the world map thanks to their participation in sports competitions, in particular an Arab women’s football championship.

Kozminski University, Warsaw, Poland

Łukasz Borkowski, Damian Podawca, Łukasz Stupka, Filip Szulc

“Marketing Plan for the Foundation SZANSA NA OKRĄGŁO ”

Project for a foundation using football as a platform to improve the lives of children who live in orphanages and help them to become fulfilled adults.

Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Olga Laeva, Elena Bortnichek, Daria Smirnova, Lev Fertelmeyster, Maksim Shipov

“The 360º Academy: Development of a sports academy educational model ”

Improvement of the sports education system in Russia by creating a school model focused on sport proposing solutions to allow harmonious and balanced development for athletes.

Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine

Ahrar Ibrahem Jebrene, Osama Raslan Al Qaisi, Firas Riyad Saleh, Mohammed Ali Aaleh

“Aman - Sports Insurance Company ”

Creation of insurance for athletes to fill the current gaps in this field and offer a structure with relevant and clear services, in line with FIFA regulations.


It should be noted that in 2015, the FIFA/CIES International University Network Prize was awarded to a project entitled “Comprehensive Baseball Academy, training citizens to serve society” presented by three Universidad Metropolitana students (Venezuela).