Football is the world’s most popular sport, and, also, one of the most active sectors globally for deal-making. Whether it is M&A, private equity investment, stadium financing, media rights, sponsorship contracts, player transfers, or salary packages, the business of football has become a multi-billion dollar economy. And as with many other major asset classes, there are disruptive forces that are shifting the goalposts – challenging established systems and creating new opportunities for growth.

At this years event the FT will explore the new technology that is transforming the way football is both consumed and played, radical proposals to expand regional and global tournaments, the continuing efforts by regulators to level the financial playing field, and the enormous growth potential for the women’s game following the success of the 2019 World Cup.

Elliot Richardson
Executive Chairman
Dugout

Andrea Agnelli
Chairman
Juventus and European Club Association (ECA)

Gary Neville
Former Manchester United and England defender

Steven Zhang
President
Inter Milan

Kelly Simmons
Director of Women’s Professional Game
The Football Association

Rita Liu
Director, Sports Marketing, Global Branding and Marketing
Alipay