Soccerex is THE global business convention for football – a place to learn, network and do business with the worldwide industry.

Or as Joseph S. Blatter, President of FIFA stated:

“As the only dedicated B2B professional football convention of its kind, Soccerex offers the perfect platform for all stakeholders in the game – clubs, players, managers, service providers and other experts – to come together in a single location that has become a major hub between East and West”


There are 4 main parts to the Soccerex Convention

The Soccerex Exhibition.  With over 150 exhibitors from all over the world, and with major pavilions from Germany, South Africa, UK, Saudi Arabia and Spain showcasing their services, it will be the biggest ever exhibition held on the business of soccer

The Global Football Conference.  Unrivalled congress with the most influential figures in the world of football discussing the latest issues. 

Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.  The social highlight of the convention where individual achievements are recognised by the world of football.  Set beachside at the Madinat Jumeirah, featuring some of EMI’s best live performers, and with the iconic Burj Al Arab “Sail” Hotel providing a spectacular backdrop, this is a place to unwind, celebrate and enjoy!

The Soccerex Football Festival.  New to the event, this is a 1 day football extravaganza the likes of which has never been seen before in Dubai.  With skills sessions, coaching demonstrations, 5-A-side games, beach soccer babes, freestyle performances, penalty shoot outs, music, entertainers, promotions and giveaways, this will be a celebration of all things football.  Celebrity participants include: Gerard Houllier, Sir Bobby Robson, Eric Cantona, Leonardo, Pierluigi Collina and Brian Robson

Additionally, to add to the football extravaganza, UAE play Brazil on Saturday 12th November in Abu Dhabi and on Sunday 13th November

“Soccerex is an important addition to our bidding portfolio, it’s a great event.” – Sebastian Coe, Chairman of London 2012 

“Soccerex is extremely important …the best networking conference today….and it’s critical to the football industry.” Peter Kenyon, CEO, Chelsea FC


Over 2,000 senior decision makers from over 75 countries will attend Soccerex 2005.  These include over 300 Federations and Clubs:  FIFA, AFC, UEFA, The FA, La Liga, FAPL, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Kaizer Chiefs, Boca Juniors, Sao Paulo, Lyon

“There is no better platform than Soccerex … it facilitates the the exposure of Asian football world-wide.”Mohamed bin Hammam, President, AFC

“We have always come to Soccerex and we always will” Danny Jordaan, CEO S. Africa FA


The 9th annual Soccerex will take place on from 13th – 15th November 2005, at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai and is again honoured to be under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.


Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai
Joseph S Blatter, FIFA President
Franz Beckenbauer, Germany’s living World Cup Legend
Jose Morinho, Chelsea Manager
Eric Cantona, former Manchester United striker and beach soccer Ambassador
Sir Bobby Robson, Managerial legend and former England Head Coach
Bryan Robson, former Manchester United and England Captain
Leonardo de Araujo, former Brazil WC winner and AC Milan legend
Pierluigi Collina, World Cup referee and global icon
Gerard Houllier, current Coach of Lyon and former manager of Liverpool
Peter Kenyon, CEO of PL Champions, Chelsea FC
Toni Schumacher, former German World Cup Goalkeeper
Andy Koepke, former no. 1 German National Team Goalkeeper and current Coach
Ian Dowie, Manager of Crystal Palace
Umberto Gandini, Organising Director, AC Milan
Mohamed Bin Hammam, President AFC
Sheikh Saoud Bin Thani, General Secretary Qatar national Olympic Committee
Danny Jordaan, Head of SAFA 2010 Bid
Tony Woodcock, Former Nottingham Forrest and England
Jerome Valcke, Director of TV and Marketing, FIFA
Yousef Al Serkal, President of the UAE FA
David Dein, Chief Executive, Arsenal
Ric Parry, CEO,  Liverpool FC
David Gill, Chief Executive, Manchester United
Freddie Shepherd, Chairman of Newcastle United
Emilio Butragueno, Former Real Madrid legend and current Director
Ian Todd, Global Head of Sports Marketing, Nike
Bernd Hoffmann, President, Hamburg
Prince Nawaf Bin Mohd Al-Saoud, Director, Al Hilal FC
Markus Siegler, Director of Communications, FIFA
Thomas Kurth, General Manager, G-14
Ahmet Raif Unuvar, Board Member, Galatasary SK
Giovanni Zurlen, Director, Inter Milan
Kaizer Motaung, President, Kaizer Chiefs
Ivan Gazidis, Deputy Commisioner, Major League Soccer
Mathew Lorenzo, Presenter, Sky Sports
Dr Irvin Khoza, VP, South Africa Premier League

The Champions League, Premiership and Serie A trophy’s will all be showcased at Soccerex