Course overview

The course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the growing importance of financial management in football, from the basics of the football club business model and interpreting football club financials, through to an overarching understanding of the current and future financial picture in England and abroad.

The course encapsulates a variety of topics in order to provide participants with the underlying skillset to be able to analyse and interpret the financial performance of football clubs, as well as the wider understanding of the business and regulatory environment in which these clubs operate. Such topics will encapsulate:

  • Understanding football finance; an analysis of the three key revenue streams of football clubs at different levels of competition and how they come about.
  • Football club financial statements; interpreting a football club’s P&L and Balance Sheet in the context of analysing sustainability, financial health, regulatory compliance and making investment decisions.
  • The regulatory landscape; an overview of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations, as well as the Premier League and Championship’s Profitability and Sustainability regulations, including their stated objectives, mechanics, how they apply to clubs’ financial strategies, and recent case studies.
  • The European football landscape; a summary of financial trends across the English game, as well as in the wider European market.

The course will also provide the opportunity to partake in an interactive workshop around the future financial picture of the English game/other topical debates.

The course is delivered over a one day interactive session delivered through a combination of taught content, practical exercises and an interactive workshop/discussion.

Course leader Christopher Winn

An experienced football business consultant, Christopher joined UCFB after several years in the Deloitte Sports Business Group. He holds an MBA specialising in the football industry, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

During his time at Deloitte, Christopher worked with leading football clubs, associations and governing bodies around the world, specialising in governance, risk management and financial regulation of football clubs.

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Christopher Winn

Course outcomes

The course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the growing importance of financial management in football, from the basics of the football club business model and interpreting football club financials, through to an overarching understanding of the current and future financial picture in England and abroad.

Course delivery

The course is delivered over a one day interactive session delivered through a combination of taught content, practical exercises and an interactive workshop/discussion.

Start date: Available from early 2021.

Course duration: 1 day.

Delegates that choose to study this programme online will be able to do so in their own time.

Entry requirements

Requirements overview

Applicants should hold a 2:1 honours degree or a recognised overseas equivalent. Applicants may be accepted with a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) provided that they can otherwise demonstrate a strong profile with 50% or above in their dissertation module.

A minimum of three years' professional experience and industry qualifications can be assessed for applicants without the standard entry requirements.

All applicants will be provided with an opportunity to be assessed and to discuss their suitability for the programme with the academic team.

All applicants are also provided with information relating to student services, with whom they can make contact, should they require additional support or advice as well as information related to appropriate bursaries and funds.

Applicants from non-majority English speaking countries will be asked for an English qualification which tests Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing and will be asked to achieve an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each section) or recognised equivalent.

If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria for this programme, or whether you require IELTS results, please email admissions@ucfb.com with a copy of your most recent CV including nationality, visa status if applicable, and undergraduate degree transcripts. Candidates with a strong CV may qualify for a supplementary admissions interview to support their academic application.

International students

UCFB cannot currently sponsor non-EU students’ visas.

You will not need a visa to study in the UK if:

  • You are a British citizen
  • You are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) member state or Switzerland
  • You have a visa to stay in the UK for another purpose that allows you to study

If you are still unsure whether you would need a visa to study in the UK, or for more information, please contact admissions@ucfb.com.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, please click here and follow the instructions to complete your application via our Learner Portal.

On-campus delegates

2020/21

£ 550 fee
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Online delegates

2020/21

£350 fee
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All GIS students and alumni receive a 50% discount off this course. All UCFB alumni and partners also receive a 25% discount off this course.