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FIFA/CIES International University Network

Winner of the FIFA/CIES University Network Award 2021 Announced

The FIFA/CIES University Network Award Jury held its annual meeting on 31st March 2021 to decide on the winning group project for 2021.

At the meeting, the Jury decided to award the FIFA/CIES University Network Award 2021 equally to two projects out of the 15 competing works, namely:

Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica

Carlos Brenes Soto, Shirley Cruz Traña, Lixy Rodríguez Zamora, Carol Sánchez Cruz

UNIFFUT's marketing plan for the sustainability of the women's football league in Costa Rica


Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Wadie Ibani, Mitri Hajjar

How eSports initiatives in UAE will help the introduction of eSports into the Olympic Games


Both of the winning projects reflect the different aspects that are expected from group work. Indeed, one of them particularly impressed the members of the Jury with its innovative approach. The other highlighted the tools needed by managers to implement and develop sports projects at a local level.

In addition, a special mention was given to the project submitted by the students of our academic partner in Peru:

Universidad de San Martín de Porres, Lima, Peru

Marcos Castro Salcedo, Fernando Soto Ramírez, Alfredo Fernández, Naomi Moreno Gutiérrez, Antonio Ataucuri Rodríguez

Academy “Walking Football”


We would like to thank all the students of the FIFA/CIES University Network who took part in the competition and hope that their projects will become reality in the near future.