UEFA Executive Master for International Players (UEFA MIP)
The UEFA MIP is a unique academic programme that equips former international players with essential professional skills to achieve their ambition of successfully transitioning to a second career within football organisations.
The UEFA MIP is specifically designed for former professional football and futsal players as a next step in their career off the pitch. There are seven week-long sessions held in major European cities and, to broaden cultural understanding in sport, the last session takes place outside Europe. In order to provide a comprehensive overview of football management, each session examines a different aspect of the administration and governance of a football organisation. In addition, players not already working within a sports body are requested to complete a three-month work placement role, which should provide hands-on and day-to-day experience.
Former internationals who have played at the highest level have a lot to offer in football administration. Players often show leadership, discipline, commitment and vision on the field, and they shape the mood of the rest of their team. The UEFA MIP takes these abilities and moulds them into those of successful managers. This programme is therefore designed to bridge the gap between the technical skills gained by experienced players and the administrative knowledge required to occupy senior positions within football organisations. The UEFA MIP considers participants’ current situations and the main challenges top executives face nowadays, to ensure a smooth and successful transition from top player to top leader.