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UEFA Diploma in Football Leadership and Management (UEFA DFLM)

The UEFA DFLM is an advanced programme enabling high-performing managers in charge of teams that deliver complex projects to further develop their leadership and managerial skills.

Programme overview

This unique programme focuses on project management in four key areas: conceptualisation, planning and presentation, negotiation as well as leadership. The UEFA DFLM has been designed to strengthen and refine the soft and hard skills needed to succeed in an influential role in European Football. Moreover, participants work alongside expert coaches on individually selected projects that are of strategic importance for their organisations.

The 12-month programme starts in February 2022 and contains a mixture of e-learning through four online modules as well as three face-to-face seminars to ensure an accessible and interactive learning experience for all participants all with the aim of developing the participants’ skills and knowledge in management and leadership.

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Type of learning
E-learning Face-to-Face
Skills Trained
Soft skills Hard skills
Estimated hours of learning


  • Who Managers in leading positions at football organisations
  • When January 2022
  • How long 12 months
  • Where Switzerland
  • Price €8,500
  • Number of participants 20
  • Academic certification Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Football Leadership and Management , 30 ECTS credits (for previous UEFA CFM graduates) Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Football Leadership, 10 ECTS credits (if no UEFA CFM)
  • Application We review applications all year round as they arrive; however, there is a specific deadline for the upcoming edition of each programme. When the number of places is limited, you may have a better chance of being selected by applying earlier in the application cycle. You will either receive confirmation that you have been selected within two weeks of applying or be added to an application list and informed of the decision once the deadline has passed.

Important dates

  • 30 Aug 2021 Applications open
  • 31 Oct 2021 Applications close
  • 01 Feb 2022 Programme starts
  • 01 Mar 2022 1st seminar starts (UEFA)
  • 29 Jun 2022 2nd seminar starts (IDHEAP)
  • 01 Nov 2022 3rd seminar starts (retreat in the Swiss Alps)


  • Developed a strategic project for their own organisation that can be implemented
  • Attained key skills in order to facilitate complex, strategic project implementation within their organisation
  • Improved their soft skills in relation to leadership and complex negotiation
  • Developed their capacity to present with impact
  • Expanded their network, by gaining contacts in football organisations across Europe


Diana Pirciu

Diana Pirciu

28, Romania
RFF Education Manager

Diana has graduated with Magna cum Laude from Mcneese State University, where she studied Communications and Sports Marketing. For the Master Studies, she has chosen Educational Psychology at University of Bucharest where she focused on studies about people’s motivations. She graduated Certificate of Football Management in 2016, and she believes live long learning is mandatory in this fast moving world where she wants to have an impact on domains such as sports education, strategy development and talent development.


  • athlete mindset
  • hard-working and determined
  • leadership

Looking for

  • networking with fellows from the football industry
  • inspiration, ideas and best practices on football management
Farai Hallam

Farai Hallam

27, English
National Referee Manager, The English Football Association

Farai is a student of the UEFA DFLM. His involvement in football has been since a young age, when he started playing football which eventually led to playing three years of professional football in both England and Spain. Following this, he turned to refereeing and a career in football development with the national association. He has engaged with UEFA academic programmes to increase his understanding of the business within football, how to manage and deliver projects more effectively, as well as overall personal development within a professional environment.


  • In-depth knowledge and passion for football at both professional and grassroots levels
  • An understanding of many areas of football, ranging from refereeing, to disability football, to the social impact
  • Professional conduct and strong work ethic

Looking for

  • An engaging programme, that allows for two-way learning and not just lecture style delivery.
  • An academic programme that challenges you, to think differently and self-assess many aspects of what you currently do and why
  • An enjoyable programme, that celebrates good work and personal development


1. Online module 1 (opens 1st February) Project conceptualisation

This first module of the programme helps participants define the characteristics of a good project and design their own projects within a given strategic context. Participants will be introduced to key management tools including the business model canvas and the strategy diamond which are essential for the development of their projects throughout the programme, they will also learn how to situate their projects within their respective national associations.

Online module 1 (opens 1st February)
2. Face-to-face seminar 1 From idea to project - 1-2 March 2022

Location: UEFA Headquarters, Nyon

Length: one and a half days

The first seminar taking place will provide the first opportunity for the participants to meet their fellow peers and project coaches in person. Practical and interactive sessions will help participants develop their project idea as well as enhance their soft and team work skills. The participants will work together in their coaching groups to present their projects and receive feedback to better formulate the scope and concept of their projects.

Face-to-face seminar 1
3. Online module 2 Project planning & presentation

This module will help participants in the process of writing a good project plan (structure, content and style) assess resources and understand the basic principles of project management. Participants will learn how to take their project from the business model canvas to then write and structure an effective business plan for their projects. A key aspect of any business plan is presenting it, this module will also cover the importance of an elevator pitch and the tools needed to create their own.

Online module 2
4. Online module 3 Negotiation (1/2)

The negotiation module has been split into two submodules, with the first submodule becoming available before the second face-to-face seminar. This submodule provides participants with the core basics of negotiations as well as the different types of negotiations they may have to undertake with their projects. It goes to explain and provide the necessary tools of how participants can claim value during negotiations with different stakeholders.

Online module 3
5. Face-to-face seminar 2 Work in progress - 29-30 June 2022

Location: IDHEAP, University of Lausanne

Length: one day and a half

The second face-to-face seminar is focused around improving the project presentations skills of the participants. There will be sessions where the participants have to carry out elevator pitches and presentations under time constraints to their coaches and peers with the aim of improving how they can present their projects to stakeholders as well as receiving feedback for improvement. A negotiation session will be carried out in which participants will have to put into practice what they have learnt on the online module. Moreover, they will continue to work with their coaching groups in order to develop and enhance their projects.

Face-to-face seminar 2
6. Online module 3 Negotiation (2/2)

The second submodule on negotiation focuses on the key concepts including how participants can now create value during negotiations. Furthermore, it shows participants the importance of understanding how emotion and power come into play during negotiations while also going into detail on understanding the dynamics, roles and how to bring out the best in team negotiations.

Online module 3
7. Online module 4 Leadership

This last module of the programme will help participants manage themselves (through awareness, reflexion and action) while also better understanding the role influence and safe dialogue plays in leadership. They will learn the key components and different styles of leadership while self-reflecting on different aspects and tools which could help them become leaders. Moreover, this module will also cover the importance of leadership in project management.

Online module 4
8. Face-to-face seminar 3 Towards implementation - 1-3 November 2022

Location: Sierre, Switzerland

Length: two days including the graduation ceremony

The last face-to-face seminar of the programme will focus around the final presentations in which the participants will need to present their developed projects in front of a jury which is also a key part of the final grade for the programme. A negotiation activity will also take place in teams where participants will have to work together while implementing what they have learnt along the programme to negotiate a scenario against other teams. The seminar will also provide the final feedback within their coaching groups and help them prepare for the next steps with their project implementation within their organisation.

Face-to-face seminar 3
9. Graduation Ceremony

A graduation ceremony will take place in the final evening of the third face-to-face seminar for the participants who have successfully completed the programme.

Graduation Ceremony

What our students and experts say

Cristina Blasetti
"Joining the DFLM has been a great experience and I am sure it will be useful for all the participants, especially once we get back to our respective national associations. I want to improve and I want to take my skills to the next level in order to help my national association. In one of the modules, we had to design a business strategy where of course we made a few mistakes when we were doing this individually. However, once we shared our experiences with the others on the course, we were able to change our approach, rephrase our concepts and ideas, which gives us fantastic experience moving forward." Cristina Blasetti, Social Responsibility Manager Italian Football Federation
Tomislav Pacak
"I finished the UEFA Certificate in Football Management (UEFA CFM), which was of great benefit to me and this is why it was logical to join the DFLM programme. I particularly liked the fact the DFLM is focused on projects, which is something I am professionally interested in and I have a project in mind, which I would like to develop over the course of this programme" Tomislav Pacak, Spokesman Croatian Football Federation
Jürgen Eissmann
"The DFLM gives me the perfect opportunity to not only improve my personal skills, but also the skills of the German Football Association (DFB). This course fits all my personal needs and can help me to get the next step in my personal career ladder, but it is not just about me, it is about my federation and the DFLM will provide me with the tool to ensure that the DFB continues to grow." Jürgen Eissmann, Head of EURO 2024 German Football Association


IDHEAP, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
IDHEAP, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
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