Soccerex is delighted to announce a new media partnership between Soccerex and Goal.com, the world’s largest football website. The partnership will establish Goal.com as media partners in 2012 for the inaugural Soccerex African Forum in Durban, 23-24 October and the Soccerex Seminar Lagos, 27-28 September, rising to full event partners in 2013 & 2014.

Owned and powered by digital sports media business PERFORM, Goal.com is the world’s largest football website. They are based in over 50 countries around the world and produce an average of 1,000 news stories per day in 18 languages across 34 editions, attracting over 36 million unique users in May 2012 from more than 220 countries.

In Africa, Goal.com is the leading source of local and global football news and video with specific editions for the Egyptian, Nigerian, Ghanaian, Kenyan and South African markets; in August alone the Nigerian site received 3.4m unique visitors.

Commenting on the announcement, Soccerex Marketing Director David Wright said:
“We’re delighted to announce this new partnership with Goal.com. As the world’s leading football website they’re a perfect match for Soccerex. More importantly their presence in Africa and especially Nigeria will be key to the development of our events.”

Stewart Walker, Head of Corporate Development – Africa, PERFORM added:
“Goal.com has a loyal and passionate football fan base in Africa. The Soccerex African Forum and Soccerex Seminar Lagos are the ideal platforms to further our reach and to deliver the latest football news across the African continent.”

About the Seminar Lagos
Soccerex’s commitment to promoting the growth of football business worldwide reaches new regions in 2012 with their inaugural event in West Africa, the Soccerex Seminar Lagos, 27-28 September.

In partnership with Lagos State Football Association, the Soccerex Seminar Lagos will provide a commercial platform for 750 key global industry stakeholders to network, foster new business links and share knowledge in one of football’s most lucrative emerging markets.
For more information on the Soccerex Seminar Lagos please go to www.soccerex.com/lagos

About the African Forum
The Soccerex African Forum is a new Soccerex event focusing on a mixture of continental and global football issues; the Forum will bring together the leading decision makers in African football business with their counterparts from around the world for two days of unrivalled learning, networking and commercial opportunities. It is held in Durban, South Africa, 23-24 October; the event will take place in conjunction with Kwazula-Natal Province and EThekwini Municipality.

For full information about Soccerex and future Soccerex events please visit http://www.soccerex.com/africa or call +44 (0)20 8742 7100 // email enquiry@soccerex.com

About PERFORM Group plc
PERFORM is a market leader in the commercialisation of multimedia sports content across internet-enabled digital platforms. Through production, technical and commercial solutions, PERFORM powers digital channels that distribute content in a number of forms – video, editorial, audio and data – across multiple platforms, to millions of sport fans around the world. In April 2011, PERFORM listed on the London Stock Exchange and is quoted on the FTSE250.
www.performgroup.com

About Goal.com
Goal.com is the world’s largest football website and the first truly multi-platform football content brand. Goal.com is available across all mobile platforms, is distributed as a weekly TV show and has multiple social media channels. In Africa, Goal.com is the leading source of local and global football news and video with specific editions for the Nigerian, Ghanaian and Kenyan markets. With contributions from over 400 editorial staff based in more than 50 countries, Goal produces an average of 1,500 news stories per day and provides brand advertisers the opportunity to engage with millions of football fans and media groups with premium football content that can be easily integrated into their digital services. Goal is owned and powered by PERFORM. www.goal.com