Janaury 9, 2024Soccerex is coming to Rio in 2024!

Soccerex, the global leader in football business events, will return to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for an unparalleled gathering set to captivate enthusiasts and industry leaders alike. The spectacular event is scheduled to unfold its magic on the world stage in March 2024, promising an unforgettable experience for all football aficionados.

A Symphony of Soccer Excellence

As the heartbeat of global football, Soccerex has been at the forefront of uniting the sport’s brightest minds, industry titans, and passionate fans. With an unwavering commitment to fostering innovation and collaboration within the football community, Soccerex Rio 2024 is poised to elevate the game to new heights.

The event will serve as a melting pot for diverse perspectives, bringing together top-tier executives, club owners, football legends, and cutting-edge innovators. Attendees can expect an engaging program featuring panel discussions, keynote addresses, and interactive workshops that delve into the most pressing issues facing the beautiful game today.

Iconic Venue: Rio de Janeiro, the Perfect Backdrop

Set against the backdrop of the iconic Rio de Janeiro, Soccerex 2024 promises to be a visual feast for attendees. The pulsating energy of this vibrant city, known for its passion for football, will provide the ideal canvas for the footballing world to converge.

The event will take place in a state-of-the-art venue, meticulously chosen to reflect the dynamism and grandeur befitting such a global spectacle. Participants can anticipate a seamless blend of business and leisure, with
breath-taking views of Rio’s landmarks serving as a constant reminder of the city’s rich footballing history.

Innovative Networking Opportunities

Soccerex Rio 2024 is not merely an event; it’s an immersive experience designed to foster meaningful connections. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in exclusive networking sessions, connecting with key influencers, decision-makers, and industry experts. From sunrise breakfasts to sunset soirées, every moment will be an opportunity to forge alliances and explore the endless possibilities within the football business landscape.

Showcasing Football’s Future

At the heart of Soccerex Rio 2024 is a commitment to shaping the future of football. The event will feature an Innovation Zone, showcasing the latest advancements in football technology, sports science, and fan engagement. Attendees will have a first-hand look at cutting-edge solutions that are set to evolutionize the way we experience and enjoy the game.

Soccerex CEO Patrick McCreanor said “I am delighted to work with our event partners Dream Factory to bring Soccerex to football’s spiritual home Rio, this March. We have already done a tremendous amount of work to ensure that this event is as successful as our most recent in Miami and look forward to welcoming you all to the wonderful Marina D’Gloria venue, in the heart of Rio, for what promises to be a wonderful football business occasion, with a hint of Brazilian flair!

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our history

1996

SOCCEREX TAKES ROOT IN LONDON

Soccerex launches in London, marking its inception. The first-ever event connects football industry professionals from across the globe, laying the groundwork for an expansive global network in the coming years. This pioneering event initiates a significant new era in football business networking.

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1997

SOCCEREX’S REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN LONDON

Building on the success of the inaugural event, Soccerex returns to London for the second year. The event deepens the organization’s roots in the UK football industry, establishing lasting relationships and fostering numerous business opportunities.

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1998

PARIS WELCOMES SOCCEREX

Riding on the coattails of the successful events in London, Soccerex brings its forum to the heart of European football – Paris. This further strengthens the organization’s European footprint and solidifies its position as a global player in the football industry.

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1999

SOCCEREX HITS THE AMERICAN SHORES

With its first event in Los Angeles, Soccerex expands its reach to the American soccer industry. This forum creates a vital platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange between European and American football professionals.

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2000

SOCCEREX ARRIVES IN MANCHESTER

In a move to further its impact within the UK, Soccerex selects Manchester, a city deeply ingrained in football history, to host its annual event. This move leverages the city’s football legacy to draw in professionals from across the globe.

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2001

SOCCEREX MAKES A MARK IN DUBAI

With its first event in the Middle East, Soccerex establishes a foothold in Dubai. This forum not only strengthens Soccerex’s global network but also fosters connections within the growing football industry in the Middle East.

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2005

SOCCEREX RETURNS TO LONDON

The event makes a triumphant return to its city of origin, reestablishing connections and fostering new relationships in the ever-evolving football landscape.

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2006

DUBAI PLAYS HOST AGAIN

Building on the success of the 2001 event, Soccerex returns to Dubai. The forum further deepens relationships in the Middle East and highlights the region’s growing influence in global football.

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2007

SOCCEREX LANDS IN JOHANNESBURG

Soccerex makes a debut in Africa, selecting Johannesburg as its host city. As the first forum on the African continent, this event marks a major milestone in Soccerex’s mission to connect the global football industry. The event also prepares the stage for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:tm: in South Africa.

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2007 – 2009

SOCCEREX LANDS IN SOUTH AFRICA

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ on the horizon, Soccerex agrees a deal with Gauteng Provincial Government to host our main event in Johannesburg for the 3 years leading up to the tournament. The event emphasized the expanding presence of football in the region and also saw the first ever Soccerex Football Festival take place in Nelson Mandela Square.

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2008

SOCCEREX RETURNS TO DUBAI

An additional Forum is launched in Dubai to continue the expansion of Soccerex’s relationships in the Middle East. The event was held in conjunction with Dubai Sports City who credited the Forum’s role in fulfilling their commercial objectives in the region.

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2009

BRASÍLIA LAUNCHES BRASÍLIA FORUM

Following the announcement of Brazil as hosts for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Soccerex run a Forum in Brasília. The event established our relations in South America and featured a number of the game’s legends including former European Footballer of the Year, Eusebio, and 1970 FIFA World Cup™ winning captain, Carlos Alberto Torres.

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2010

ASIAN FORUM LAUNCHES IN SINGAPORE

With Asia’s footprint in the football industry ever expanding, Singapore is announced as the destination for the inaugural Asian Forum. The event broke new ground for football in the region.

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2010 – 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO HOST GLOBAL CONVENTION

With the Brasilia Forum an overwhelming success, Soccerex returns to Brazil, this time for three years in Rio de Janeiro and with the newly branded Soccerex Global Convention. The events were hugely successful in the region’s preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ and included presentations from Brazilian stars Neymar and Ronaldo, as well as England manager Roy Hodgson.

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2010 – 2013

MANCHESTER LAUNCHES EUROPEAN FORUM

Coinciding with Premier League glory being split amongst the blue and red halves of the city, Soccerex returned to Manchester, the nation’s club capital of football, for the launch of the European Forum.

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2012

BELEM LAUNCHES ROADSHOW

Working alongside the Global Convention in Rio de Janeiro and the anticipation leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Soccerex launch the Belem Roadshow.

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2012

LAGOS LAUNCHES SEMINAR

Soccerex’s commitment to promoting the growth of football business worldwide reaches new regions in 2012 with our inaugural event in West Africa, the Soccerex Lagos Seminar. The event drew government officials, federations, rights holders and football legends, as well as over 40 brands including Pepsi, Porsche, Virgin Atlantic, Guinness and Edox.

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2012 – 2014

DURBAN LAUNCHES AFRICAN FORUM

Following the success of South Africa’s hosting of the Global Convention, Soccerex returns, this time to Durban, for the African Forum. The event re-established Soccerex’s strong ties in the region and welcomed leading figures in the African game including Lucas Radebe and Christian Karembeu.

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2014

BARBADOS LAUNCHES AMERICAS FORUM

Soccerex’s inaugural Americas Forum is launched on the beautiful island of Barbados in conjuction with Barbados Tourism Marketing. The event welcomed leading figures on the continent including MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

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2014 – 2015

JORDAN HOST ASIAN FORUM

The Asian Forum moves from Singapore to the banks of The Dead Sea, Jordan, for two years. The event was highly succesful in connecting Asia’s numerous stakeholders and also welcomed the legendary Argentinian World Cup winner, Diego Maradona, for an exclusive 1-2-1 interview with spanish journalist Guillem Balague.

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2014 – 2017

MANCHESTER HOST GLOBAL CONVENTION

Building on the incredible success of the European Forum, The Global Convention moves back to Manchester in a 4 year deal. Since returning to Manchester, the event has continued to grow in stature with LaLiga, The Football League, French Football Federation and Ligue de Football Professionnel amongst the Convention’s institutional partners. Iconic football legends such as the ‘Class of ’92’ and Sir Bobby Charlton have also…

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2016

MEXICO HOSTS THE AMERICAS FORUM

The Soccerex Americas Forum in Mexico was a triumph, the first to be held in the country. The Forum exceeded expectations with over 860 delegates in attendance including representatives from 58 countries and more than 50 companies exhibiting.

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2016

QATAR HOSTS THE ASIAN FORUM

Branching out into a new region, the 2016 Soccerex Asian Forum was held in Qatar for the first time. With the country set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, it provided the perfect setting for football to come together for two days of insight, networking and business.

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2017

FINAL SOCCEREX GLOBAL CONVENTION IN MANCHESTER

Soccerex returns to Manchester one more time for a Global Convention attended by 3,000 delegates from all four corners of the globe.

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2018

In 2018, Soccerex Americas was held for the first time at the wonderful Marlins Park in Miami. This year also saw us host Soccerex China in the fantastic setting of China Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, welcoming football industry professionals from around the globe.

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2019

2019 saw us celebrate a hat trick of three large scale events, returning to China, welcoming the Soccerex Family to Portugal for our European event and a return to Miami for Soccerex Americas.

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2020

In the most trying of times, Soccerex innovated and managed to keep the special essence of our gatherings of the global football community when we held the first of our digital event trilogy, Soccerex Connected, in September, welcoming over 2,000 delegates and provided over 22 hours of content from 100+ speakers.

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2021

The second instalment of Soccerex Connected was held in February, following the content based social media success of the first show of its kind. Soccerex Connected 100, a record-breaking networking focused event held over 100 days from June – August, saw us pass the 1m impressions barrier on twitter for our digital platform and a total of 6,500 attendees from over 100 Countries.

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2022

The year that we and the global football business community were waiting for did not disappoint, with a return to what we do best at the brilliant Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, where we hosted 2,000+ delegates, a record breaking 650 rightsholders, over 100 speakers and some of the best social evenings ever, it was good to be back!

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Our Global Network

Soccerex events provide the industry’s leading professionals with a variety of formal and informal networking platforms to help build and strengthen professional relationships.

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 15: Dirk Kuyt is interviewed by Alejandro Berry during Day 1 of SoccerEx at the Miami Beach Convention Center on March 15, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images for Soccerex)

OUR SOCIAL

We understand that often the best business can be done outside of formal structures. From the VIP networking reception, to onsite Happy Hours, iconic social evenings and a dedicated after-hours Luna Lounge, Soccerex’s social platforms provide the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind.

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 14: Soccerex VIP Dinner held at the Cabana Club at the Nautilus Hotel on March 14, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images for Soccerex)

insight

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CONFERENCE

Our event conference programmes are packed with insight sessions delivered by the market's thought leaders and are designed to give your business a competitive edge in the industry.
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MARKET INSIGHT

Throughout the year we publish in-depth market insight on the game's hottest topics, Spotlight interviews with industry leading figures as well as daily football business news that you can receive by email with our Soccerexpert newsletter service.
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SOCIAL MEDIA

Check out and follow the Soccerex social media channels for updates and also a weekly analysis of the latest football business news.
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The global leader in the business will take care of itself

It is this ethos, implemented for the first time in 1996 and carried since, that has ensured Soccerex kept its position as the number 1 (one) global football business event.

Now entering our 27th year of operations, we have hosted 49 Soccerex’s in 21 Cities around the world, welcoming over 75,000 delegates and provided the industry’s leading professionals with a variety of formal and informal networking platforms, helping them to build, sustain and strengthen relationships within football globally.

Our events have taken us from Wembley to the Copacabana, South Africa to Miami Beach and then, for the first time in 2020, online for our first global digital events, the Soccerex Connected trilogy.

Football legends past and present, senior club executives, thought leaders, global brands and students of the game have all attended Soccerex Events down the years and a large percentage of them are regular attendees, or Soccerex Family members as we call them, whether the roadshow has taken us to Europe, Asia, Africa, The Middle East or the Americas.

See more information about our next Soccerex Event here.

To walk down memory lane and see some of the fantastic events that we have created and delivered over the last 26 years,
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To enquire about hosting a Soccerex in your City, please email enquiries@Soccerex.com

PROVEN RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Over the last 20 years, Soccerex attendees have enjoyed some fantastic successes and has helped form some high quality business partnerships. Here are just a few examples of the deals that have been done at Soccerex.

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