LALIGA delivering valuable support to professional football in Uruguay

LALIGA and LUFPRO

Uruguay’s mission to further professionalise its domestic league is boosted thanks to a collaboration agreement with LALIGA in Spain.

A major part of the deal involves LALIGA officials providing technical and institutional support in many operational areas of Uruguay’s Primera Division.

This includes the commercialisation of broadcast rights, technology and innovation, security and integrity, and financial fair play.

LALIGA is also promising to implement control mechanisms for various challenges, such as the monitoring and regulation of ticketing, violence and racism in football, and match-fixing.

Spanish football is renowned for its league model, typified by its attention to detail and dedication to football technology and infrastructure. Its expertise will be crucial to Uruguay’s continued development of its professional league.

The South American nation’s stature on the international football stage is one of continual overachievement and surprise, given the country’s small population.

However, many of its best footballers have developed their game abroad, rather than in their native league. This can be evidenced through Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Darwin Nunez and Federico Valverde, who have only played a combined total of 72 games in Uruguay’s top division.

Furthermore, the Primera Division has long been dominated by arguably two of South America’s most famous football clubs in Penarol and Nacional.

By strengthening its operational processes with the support of LALIGA, the Primera Division could deliver key on-field benefits – such as keeping its young talent within the country for longer periods, and make the league more competitive and profitable.

Uruguayan Professional League (LUFPRO) President Fernando Marasco, who no doubt shares this vision, spoke with delight for the agreement in a statement.

“For LUFPRO to have the help, guidance and support of a world leader such as LALIGA, represents an extremely important milestone in this process of transition towards the effective organisation of our professional championships,” he said.

“This decision reinforces the direction we have chosen and is a tool for change, development and promotion of our professional football.”

Presently, LALIGA shares more than 25 affiliations with football leagues, federations and clubs around the world, and International Development Director Octavi Anoro believes the current deal is indicative of its current vision.

“This global expansion demonstrates our strong commitment to sharing knowledge, resources and experience to raise the standard of football everywhere,” he added via press release.

This collaboration not only promotes the LALIGA brand, but makes a valuable difference to the development of football, especially in regions that crave institutional support.

Graduates congratulated after completing FIFA Diploma in Club Management program

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has congratulated the 2024 graduates of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management course at FIFA headquarters, which include former Socceroo Tim Cahill and former Manchester City player Fernandinho.

Since its launch in 2021, the FIFA Diploma in Club Management has become a networking platform for senior club executives to share knowledge about the industry insights essential for successful football club management. The 18-month course is comprised of six-course models, each covering important topics and aspects of club management.

The topics which are covered in this course are leadership and management, sporting strategy and youth academies, marketing and communication, club operations and stadium management, governance and legal matters and finance.

Infantino spoke to the attendees of the graduation ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland:

“The course’s aim was to encourage knowledge and best practice exchange to be able to ensure football’s continued growth and health worldwide,” he said in a statement.

“You understand that club football is crucial for the development and the survival of football in all countries of the world.

“That is what we have to foster and what we have to work on, and to do this, you have to be well-equipped and well-prepared, and this is our aim at FIFA: to give you this preparation, to give you this equipment, to open the doors of FIFA here in Zurich and everywhere in the world.

“Our doors are open for you to come and exchange with us, and also to exchange between yourselves.”

The graduates of the second edition of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management started back in September 2022 in New York where they attended lectures given by the likes of FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger and FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Berman and their final project of the course was a strategy plan which was presented before the graduation.

The third edition of the program began in May 2024 and is headed by FIFA Director of Professional Football Ornella Desirée Bellia. Some of the participants who are involved include former Juventus player Giorgio Chiellini and Como 1907 coach Cesc Fàbregas alongside club owners, CEO’s and sporting directors.

Soccerscene celebrates sixth-year anniversary

Soccerscene is celebrating its sixth anniversary as Australia’s business-to-business publication for the football community.

Since its inception, Soccerscene has committed to the highest standards of reporting on the most pressing topics surrounding the world of sports business. We have been the first port of call for potential buyers and sellers and deliver all the first-hand news – including interviews, discussions, product reviews, case studies and insight into all facets of the growing Australian and international football market.

Here at Soccerscene, we can’t celebrate six years without thanking all our readers, followers and the numerous industry and club communities for helping us along the way.

Special thanks goes to our major partners including Football Coaches Australia, Professional Footballers Australia and Box2Box – your constant support has been crucial to all we have achieved over these last six years.

Thank you to everyone and we are excited for the future years ahead in this constantly developing industry – from all us at Soccerscene.

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