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UEFA Certificate in Football Management (UEFA CFM) – National edition

The UEFA CFM is the must-have foundation programme for anyone working in a football organisation who wants to gain a comprehensive understanding of how the game is managed.

Programme overview

The blended learning approach of the UEFA CFM containing a mix of e-learning and face-to-face seminars has been carefully designed in collaboration with the prestigious academic institution IDHEAP, and leading experts to ensure a high quality programme.

The UEFA CFM lasts for nine months and compromises of ten online modules as well as three face-to-face seminars. Each module and face-to-face seminar addresses a key area of football management which are necessary for people working within the football industry.

The online modules found within the UEFA CFM are as follows:

  • the organisation of world football;
  • strategic and performance management;
  • operational management (human resources, finances, customer satisfaction, service operations);
  • football marketing and sponsorship;
  • communication, the media and public relations;
  • elective module to be chosen from the 5 following subjects: Event and volunteer management, Women’s football, Football development, Football and social responsibility, Football law


How to apply for National Associations’ staff?

Participants willing to take part in the UEFA CFM should contact the HR department of their national association to know whether the NA will host a national session in a near future or if it will recommend some participants for the upcoming editions of the UEFA CFM.

Each year presidents and general secretaries of national associations not hosting the programme can recommend one member of their staff to UEFA as candidate for the UEFA CFM per year. On top of this, in order to promote women’s football development, each national association will have the opportunity to recommend one additional candidate working in women’s football over the 2021-2024 period.

The scientific committee of the UEFA CFM will select the candidates and allocate them to one of the forthcoming national editions. Candidates to the UEFA CFM should have:

  • a permanent position within the national association;
  • a good command of English (both oral and written).

Should the number of candidates exceed the number of available seats, candidates of national associations having not recently hosted an edition of the UEFA CFM will be given priority.

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  • Who Staff of UEFA's 55 member associations
  • When Five national editions per year
  • How long 9 months
  • Where Across Europe
  • Price covered for UEFA's 55 member associations' staff
  • Number of participants 35 (max)
  • Academic certification Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS), 10 ECTS credits
  • Language English
  • Applications September 2023

Important dates

  • 15 Aug 2023 Applications open
  • 30 Sep 2023 Applications close


  • acquire a comprehensive understanding of the football industry from all angles;
  • strengthen your managerial skills;
  • conduct a managerial analysis of your unit/department/organisation or a football organisation of your choice and provided recommendations;
  • develop a global network in the football industry (over 1,000 graduates working in the football industry).


Kevin Raveyts
"The UEFA CFM was a real eye-opener in terms of understanding the challenges national associations have and how the Royal Belgian Football Association functions within the framework of European and global football. Both at strategic and operational level, it was a unique opportunity to take a step away from daily operations and consider the functioning of our events department." Kevin Raveyts Match & Event Manager, Royal Belgian Football Association
Leonie Klinkebiel
"The programme was a great learning experience in the constantly evolving world of football. Through valuable interactions with other participants and speakers, I gained a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges that national associations face worldwide. The combination of theory and practice allowed me to take away useful content for my daily work." Leonie Klinkebiel Manager Match Operations, German Football Association
Diana Bulgaru
"The UEFA CFM is the best way to understand how the football ecosystem is organised, the importance of strategic management and how all operations of a national association are run in order to develop football in the country. It is a well-balanced course between theoretical and practical cases that allowed me to broaden football horizons, analyse best practices and visualise the behaviour of the football industry."" Diana Bulgaru Grassroots Manager, Football Association of Moldova
Anna Malmén
"The UEFA CFM gave me a much better understanding of football worldwide and its stakeholders. The programme also boosted my knowledge of management at both operational and strategical levels, through a combination of theory and practice. Now I have completed the UEFA CFM, I have greater knowledge and useful management tools for my day-to-day work." Anna Malmén Club Development Officer, Swedish Football Association
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