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SPSG Consulting x World Football Summit: A Special Report on Football Ownership and Governance



The 6th edition of the World Football Summit (WFS) took place on the 28th and 29th of September 2022 in Sevilla, Spain, at Fibes – Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones Sevilla. During the two–day event, about 2,500 top–tier professionals from the sports industry gathered to discuss the new trends and challenges that the football industry is exposed to.


The event included more than 40 talks and panels discussing some of the most pressing issues. There were also several workshops, where industry players were able to learn and share their opinions on relevant topics. One of these workshops was “Ownership and Governance in Football: Challenges Moving Forward”. The seminar was led by Carlos Cantó, CEO of SPSG Consulting and member of the Advisory Board of WFS. The seminar was part of the methodology regarding the creation of the subsequent report, focusing on the diverse and upcoming ownership and governance models, including multi-sport conglomerates (such as Fenway Sports Management), Investment Funds (such as Redbird Capital Partners, Sixth Street, and CVC), mono-sport conglomerates (such as City Football Group) and many others.

In 2021, the global football industry size reached US$ 3.02 Billion. Looking ahead, experts expect the market to reach a value of US $ 3.87 Billion by 2027, at a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.10% during 2022–2027. The increasing participation of individuals, the high influx of investments, the professionalization of the market, and its multifaceted nature are all aspects that directly affect this growth. The football industry mobilizes a wide array of industries and businesses, such as media, telecommunication, transport, hospitality, construction, technology, and many others. Given its transversal nature, the industry positions itself as attractive for investment.

More and more actors have gained interest in the football industry in the past decades, and this has led to different ownership and governance methodologies. It has been a pleasure for SPSG Consulting to work with the World Football Summit in the implementation of the workshop and the subsequent creation of the study "A Special Report on Football Ownership and Governance" and be able to further deep-dive into a complex but interesting topic.

We strongly believe that the report will be of great interest to you, and we encourage you to stay tuned to some of the hottest topics of the football market; What is the optimal ownership model for football properties? How much does the sports industry contribute to the global GDP and what is its expected rate of growth? What are the top priorities for industry leaders in terms of governance?

Find out all the answers and more by downloading the report.




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