During the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the international conference Sport and the Future will take place in Moscow, starting on June 29. The event will gather over 300 representatives from international sporting organisations, leading experts on worldwide sports and the heads of international and national football associations, leagues and clubs.
The main aim of the conference is to discuss current trends in developing the global sports industry. The plenary session of the conference will begin with speeches by leading figures from FIFA, International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), FIFA Master Alumni Association (FMA), the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), – part of the FIFA/CIES International University Network – and the Football Union of Russia (FUR). Following this, there are multiple sessions planned on the digital world in sport, the new generation of sport managers, the fundamental aspects of changing sport administration and e-Sports. Representatives from national sporting associations, international telecommunications companies, the International Computer Games Association and other speakers will contribute to these meetings.
Organising international academic conferences on sports has recently become a tradition during major sporting events. Over the past few years, the CIES and the FMA have jointly organised a series of events in countries staging big competitions such as the FIFA World Cups, UEFA EURO and the Olympic Games. The conferences typically involve representatives from international sporting organisations, leading international experts, the heads of international and national associations, leagues and clubs, as well as graduates from FIFA Master and the FIFA/CIES Network, which is made up of 16 educational establishments around the world.
During the last FIFA World Cup in Brazil, CIES and FMA joined up with one of their local academic partners, the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, to organise a similar conference. Over 400 people attended from the sports industry, including the FIFA President, the Brazilian Minister of Sport and other distinguished names.
The programme for the day will run as follows:
09.30 – 10.15 Opening/Official welcome words from FIFA, CIES, FMA, and FUR
10.15 – 11.30 Panel 1: The new sports digital world
12.00 – 13.15 Panel 2: The new generation of sport managers
14.15 – 15.30 Panel 3: Improving sports governance
16.00 – 17.15 Panel 4: The real impact of E-Sports
17.15 – 17.45 Presentation: The Road to 2022