In fitting with the overall drive to professionalise and upskill the global industry that supports the game, with options ranging from introductory e-learning courses to full-fledged Masters and MBA degrees that are delivered through Longford International College, the educational products provide an invaluable resource to those wanting to join the ranks of successful intermediaries who facilitate player transfers, commercial deals and club sales.

Talking of the tie up, Academy founder John Viola said “Having known Soccerex since their founding 25 years ago, I am extremely excited about this new partnership. We are proud of our unique range of training services that are designed to fast-track potential football intermediaries into our field based on myself and my partner Phil McTaggart’s combined 40+ years of experience in the business – and can think of no better way to bring this special opportunity to the masses than by sharing our services with Soccerex’s audience of likeminded football industry professionals and enthusiasts. We look forward to developing this partnership and witnessing the benefits that our students are going to experience as a result.”

Philip Gegan, Soccerex Managing Director said “Football’s ongoing success and security are intertwined with the quality of the key actors within that industry and the education of those entering the football business fraternity – as well as the development of those already in situ – and so partnering with a long-time member of the Soccerex Family in John Viola Academy was a clear choice. It fits with our guiding principle; to connect the industry with the insights, information and peers required to continue the development of the beautiful game.”

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About Soccerex

Soccerex was co-founded by Rita Revie and her late husband, Duncan Revie, son of the legendary Leeds United and England manager, Don Revie in 1995 with the aim of connecting the football industry’s key industry stakeholders and promoting the growth of the game worldwide.

25 years, 50 events and 21 cities later, the model is still going strong, with events featuring a conference, combining market insight and best practice delivered through expert panel discussions and presentations, structured around an international exhibition and a programme of networking events both in person and online such as the Soccerex Connected 100 event cross summer 2021.

In addition, Soccerex provide industry news and insight in the form of the Soccerexpert industry news bulletins and bespoke market insight such as the Soccerex 20 Under 21 Report and the Soccerex Football Finance 100.

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About John Viola Academy

John Viola and Phil McTaggart are elite football agents who have 40+ years of combined industry experience that has seen them break UK transfer records, represent Champions League and World Cup winners and deal with some of the beautiful game’s biggest clubs.

In response to the relaxing of FIFA regulations in 2015 which meant that anyone and everyone could become a football agent, John & Phil decided to pass on their knowledge of the exclusive field in order to properly equip the new influx of entrants with the expertise needed to do the job correctly.

To deliver this they founded the John Viola Academy, a unique training pathway that is designed to fast-track students into the business as industry ready football agents via a system that includes an in-depth e-learning course, group & personal mentoring, the world’s first university degrees for agents and more.

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