The programme, taught in English, will be held from 24 to 30 June 2019 at the Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy, during the second week of UEFA Under-21 Championship whose final match is scheduled in Udine, on 30 June at the Dacia Arena.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience the stadium in operating conditions during a major international event.

Aims and topics
The 2019 Summer School in Football Stadia Management (FSM) contents cover a broad area, which allows managers, researchers and students to enhance their knowledge on the various topics related to football management and in particular to the management of stadia. Professionals and experts from all over the world will share experiences and expertise in their respective fields of research and operation.
The FSM School at a glance
• A full week programme (40 h. activities) from 24 to 30 June 2019 at Dacia Arena, Udine
• Taught in English, in the heart of one of the most advanced stadia in Europe
• International Faculty of Academics, Football clubs managers, Practitioners and Stadia Design and Management Professionals
• Viewing the Final of the UEFA Under-21 Championship
• UCSC certification

24-30 JUNE, 2019


Course Structure

A full week programme from 24 to 30 June 2019, taught in English. It includes conferences, visits, and simulations taking place from 9 AM to 6 PM (for a total of 40 hours). Tuesday and Thursday: team building and dinner.

Class schedule is the following:

Monday to Friday: from 9 AM to 1 PM, and from 2 PM to 6 PM.

Lunch is served at the Dacia Arena Restaurant, from 1 PM.

Saturday morning: City tour. Saturday afternoon: Company visit.

Sunday morning: Award Ceremony & Farewell Buffet. Sunday evening: Final match of the 2019 UEFA Under-21 Championship (22nd edition).

To see the detailed programme of the Summer School, please click here.

To download the brochure of the course, please click here.


University faculty, sports industry professionals, experts in sports analytics, digital media, events management, advanced technologies related to the stadium design and management.

Andrea Abodi
Istituto per il Credito Sportivo
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Alessandro Baroncelli
Director, ICRIM
Professor, Università Cattolica
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Alessandro Baroncelli is currently Full Professor at the Faculty of Economics of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy) where he teaches “Business Management” and “International Business Strategy”, Scientific Director of the research centre ICRIM (International Center of Research in International Management) and the head of MIB Master in International Business at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
He has also been consultant to various Italian and European companies and member of the Board of Directors in two international groups. He is regularly involved in the organization of international conferences and is a reviewer for several journals in the strategy and organization area. His main research interests lie in the area of the external development strategy of firms (mergers and acquisitions, divestments, agreements and alliances), entrepreneurship and sport management.

Ornella Desirée Bellia
Head of Legal Affairs
European Leagues
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Ornella Desirée Bellia is currently a judge of the FIFA Players Status Sub-Committee and the Head of Legal Affairs of the European Leagues, an organization comprising the top football leagues, including the Premier League, LaLiga, the Bundesliga and Serie A. In this role, she provides strategic and legal advice to the Board of Directors, the President and the CEO and assists the organization on all external matters concerning the relationship with the football stakeholders.

She has gained valuable experience within the global sports industry having worked for an Italian football club, leading law firms in Brazil, Spain, Italy and the U.K. and currently working for sports institutions in Switzerland. In academics, Ornella is a lecturer at several Sports Law and Sports Management Masters. She is also regular speaker at international conferences in the football and entertainment industry. She holds an LL.M in International Sports Law (Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía – Madrid), a Diploma in Negotiation and Leadeship (Harvard Law School – Boston), and has taken part in the UEFA Women’s Leadership Programme, a course organized by UEFA to promote the participatition of women in football’s decision-making bodies.

Stefano Campoccia
Udinese Calcio
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Marco Casamonti
Founder of Archea Associati
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Marco Casamonti graduated in 1990 from the University of Florence.

Since 1997, he has been the editor-in-chief of the international architecture magazine Area published by Tecniche Nuove Group.

In 1988, he founded the architectural and design office Archea together with Laura Andreini, Silvia Fabi and Giovanni Polazzi. Today Archea is an architectural and design office where more than 80 architects are operating in the Florence, Rome and Milan branches. The founding partners were joined in 1999 by Silvia Fabi, who coordinates the design activities of the architecture practice. Also thanks to the Partner design firms located in Beijing, Dubai and San Paolo, Archea has so far achieved architecture, design, Interior design and graphic design works all over the world. The interests and research activities of the firm range from the landscape to the city, from buildings to design. Even if the focus is on architecture, the projects vary from graphic design to publishing – through the direction and editorship of the international review of architecture “Area” – from exhibitions to applied research. The complementariness of the various activities focused on the design process with regard to different project scales open up a constant critical reflection on the issues of architectural construction.

Each partner, besides his or her research in the field of design, conducts research at the at the Architecture Faculty of the University of Genoa, where architect Marco Casamonti has been Full Professor of Architectural and Urban Planning since 2001, carrying out intensive research and critical analysis on architecture themes, publishing essays and papers and holding conferences and lectures.

In the course of the years, Archea has been invited to prestigious national and international competitions and has won numerous international recognitions and has participated, with their built works, in several editions of the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Among the main works of Archea Associati: the Public Library in Nembro (Bergamo), the enlargement and renovation of the Perfetti Van Melle site in Lainate near Milan, the Antinori Winery in San Casciano Val di Pesa (Florence), the Yanqing Expo Grape near Beijing, the Li Ling World Ceramic Art City in China, the Colle Loreto residential complex in Lugano, Switzerland, and the renovation and transformation of the former Magazzino Vini in Trieste where Eataly is hosted, the renovation and refurbishment of La Valletta Central Market in Malta. Under construction among others are the Forevregreen Tower and the Albanian National Stadium both in Tirana, Albania; the Changri-La Winery in Penglai (China).

Marco Cerritelli
Chiomenti Studio Legale
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Marco Cerritelli regularly assists Italian and foreign clients to develop, carry out and finance (including according to the LMA standards and through the issue of securities) investments in infrastructure. He has gained significant experience in the main regulated sectors, mainly focusing on the areas of transport, health and sport related assets. In this context, he dealt with several market first and pathfinders. His assistance also includes the interventions made both on the primary and secondary market by infrastructure funds.

Marco specializes in project finance transactions and private public partnership (PPP), he is regularly listed on the main national and international directories (Chambers, IFLR, Legal500). He is ranked among the leading individuals in project finance and infrastructure areas by Chambers. He received the award as “Public Finance Professional of the Year” at the Top Legal Awards 2018 and was named “Project Finance Lawyer of the Year” in 2017 by Corporate International magazine.

Marco Cerritelli joined the Firm in 2019 as a Partner. Previously, he carried out his professional activity at leading national and international law firms as a partner. Before working on his own, he gained in-house experiences both in Italy and in London, holding positions of increasing responsibility. In this capacity, he was manager of the legal department of the bank dedicated to public finance and the infrastructure of a leading banking group.

Franco Collavino
Managing Director
Udinese Calcio
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Franco Collavino is Managing Director of Udinese Calcio.

He began working for the Club in 1998 as Youth Sector Secretary, in 2001 he became First Team Secretary and six years later, in 2007, he was appointed as the Club’s General Secretary.

Since 2010 he has been a member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Udinese Calcio.

Marcello Coppa
Managing Partner
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Marcello Coppa is Managing partner of GELLIFY and in charge of Innovation Advisory and Interactive business units, dealing with the innovation process and the design and development of innovation projects. After a Master of Science in Communication & Economics at USI University of Lugano, he gained experience with Italian and global companies. His approach to consulting is aimed at delivering meaningful innovation.

Stefano Deantoni
Marketing Director
Infront Italy
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Engineering degree and MBA Master’s Degree

More than 15 years of experiences in the sport sponsorship business:

  • 12 years in the marketing & sponsorship department of Infront Italy with growing responsibilities
  • 4 years in the marketing & sponsorship department of XX Winter Olympics Organizers.

Extensive other marketing experiences in diverse industries.

Corrado Ferriani
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Corrado Ferriani is Adjunct Professor of Corporate Criminal Law and Risk Management at the Ecampus University of Novedrate. He has been a Lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano a.a. 2018/2019 in the Degree Course in Architecture Sciences “The formation of the budget in construction and real estate development companies” Estimo course, in the second level Master’s Degree in Estimation and Real Estate Evaluation in the “Finance and Real Estate Investments” module and in the Technical Consultants Training Course in the “Real estate execution procedures and telematic process” module.

The professional activity that he carries out is mainly directed to the assumption of the qualification of technical consultant and expert for the Judicial Authority and for the private part, in criminal and civil proceedings concerning budget, accounting, taxes and financial operations; moreover, he is a consultant and auxiliary in the solution of the business crisis and in bankruptcy proceedings.

As part of the aforementioned activities, he deals with cases concerning corporate restructuring, insolvency procedures and judicial proceedings (civil and criminal) – many of which are of national and international media interest.

He is a member of numerous institutional scientific committees and specialized magazines, with many publications, a speaker in many conferences, and a member of the Boards of Statutory Auditors of companies.

Eugenio Ferro
CEO Tractebel Italy & Director
Engineering Dep. ENGIE Italia
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Eugenio Ferro is Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Tractebel in Italy and Engineering Director of ENGIE Italia.

He is an environmental engineer with a solid background deriving from over 20 years of experience in engineering, consulting, marketing, business development, project and resource management in the infrastructure, energy and industrial sectors.

He gained a vast international experience working over Europe, USA, Far-East and Africa in the residential sector and in several industrial sectors, such as power generation, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, aeronautics, defence and telecommunications, food and beverage, agribusiness, pulp and paper.

Amongst his recent achievements in the sport infrastructure sector, Eugenio was involved, together with Tractebel Team, in the preliminary design prepared for the Beauty Context of the Stadium of Cagliari Calcio, the MEP detailed engineering and BIM modelling for the restructuring of the Bologna Calcio’s Dall’Ara Stadium, and the feasibility study under preparation for the new San Siro Stadium.

Graeme Ford
Head of Marketing
Watford F.C.
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Graeme has spent almost 10 years working in Marketing across the Sport, FMCG, Telecoms and Financial Services industries, having worked for companies such as the NBA & HEINEKEN UK prior to joining Watford Football Club in 2018.

His key areas of expertise are in Digital & Social Media, having run Social Media for the NBA in Europe and transformed Watford FC’s digital offering in the past year.

Matteo Forte
Managing Director
Stage Entertainment Italy
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Since 2008, Matteo Forte has been part of the Italian branch of a multinational entertainment company, Stage Entertainment, first as Commercial Director, for two years, and then as Managing Director and Board Member.

He obtained a joint Degree between Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milan and Università di Verona in “Educational Sciences – Expert in the educational processes” with a post-graduate education completed with a Master in General Management at ISTUD.

Currently, he is also guest speaker at Bocconi University for the Master in Arts Management and Administration (MAMA), for the Master in Management of International Arts (MMIAM) and for the business management classes in Arts and Cultural Policy, as well as researcher and speaker at Cattolica University for MIB – Master International Business and classes and Fondazione ISTUD for the Master in Marketing Management.

He started at Fondazione ISTUD almost 20 years ago being researcher, consultant and trainer in organization filed teaching for 5 years in master classes and in many different multinational companies.

He can boast on a solid experience in managing large group of people with many different attitudes and running a profitable company in a very competitive and complex market.

Marco Ghisi
V.P. Cross-Domain Technical
Engineering Leonardo SpA
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In the last ten years Marco Ghisi has held positions in Leonardo SpA mainly related to technological innovation, product portfolio management, concept and architectural design of  new integrated solutions for the Company’s reference markets such as Safety & Security, Transport, Professional Communications, Automation.

In particular, he covered the following managerial positions:

  • 2009/2010 Marketing Department ALT Division (Automation, Logistics, Transport & Security)
  • 2010/2012 Strategy DepartmentCross Business Solutions (Security, Cyber, Mobility, Logistics, Automation)
  • 2013/2014 LoB Smart SolutionSolutions Architect Department
  • 2015 MKT & Sales SSI Division (Security & Information Systems) – Offering Portfolio
  • 2016 CTO/Capability LoB Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructures
  • 2017 Cross Domain Technical Engineering – SSI Division Engineering

Furthermore, he represents Leonardo SpA in the Board of Directors of ISICT (Institute of Studies in Information and Communication Technologies)  ( and in the Technical Committee of  TRANSIT  association (

Finally, he contributed to some scientific publications such as “Embedded systems for energy efficient buildings”: World Complexity Science Academy; “Crowd Management”, “Di-BOSS: a real case of Smart Building”, “Service Model for Critical Infrastructures”, “ROIDE Humanoid Robot for Major Events Management”: Polaris Innovation Journal.

Andrew Hampel
Legends International
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Andrew Hampel is President of Legends International. He is responsible for leading all business ventures for Legends outside North America. He also oversees the expansion of Legends initiatives in the region across sports and other properties.

Since joining Legends in 2016, Hampel has built a senior team of leading industry experts who deliver market-leading expertise across all of the key Legends verticals to current clients and partners in the region. He leads the relationships with prestigious clients such as the All England Club in Wimbledon, The RFU at Twickenham, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Earlier in his career, Hampel spent more than two decades at IMG, progressing to the main board of the company and having responsibility for all IMG’s sports-related activity in EMEA. He was a member of the senior management team which led the sale of IMG in 2004 to private equity magnate, Ted Forstmann of Forstmann Little.

Furio Honsell
Former Udine Mayor, FVG
Regional Parliament Member
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Furio Honsell is the former Mayor of Udine (2008-2018) and is currently a member of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Parliament.

Degree in Mathematics, he is Full Professor of Automata Theory at the University of Udine since 1990. He served as  Rector  of the University (2001 and 2008).

Member of the Political Vision Group of  the WHO Healthy Cities Network (2015-2018)

Member of the Political Board of the Covenant of Mayors 202020 for Climate and Energy.

Matteo Landoni
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Matteo Landoni is research assistant of entrepreneurship and fellow of the ICRIM Center of Research at the department of Economic and Business Management Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Business History and Management from the Graduate School of Social, Economics, and Political Sciences of the University of Milan in 2013. He defended a doctoral thesis on the coevolution of research institutions and technological companies in the space sector in Italy. Before his graduation, he had been visiting scholar at the department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ (2011).

Matteo Levi
Founder, GTFactory
Researcher, ICRIM
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Expert in innovation, change management, omnichannel solutions, mobile tech and digital strategy for companies. Actual co-founder at GTfactory, company involved in digital transformation in many industries, and Business Network Coordinator at te Master in International Business (MIB) for ICRIM and Università Cattolica, Milan. Has also worked as Chief Digital Officer at Clever Concern to help new startups to grow their business in different industries and countries. Today actively involved in digital mentorship in Milan, Amsterdam and Berlin with international organizations like Startupbootcamp.

Luigi Libroia
Founder and CEO
Wallabies S.r.l.
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Luigi Libroia is a chartered accountant and technology enthusiast. For more than ten years he has been involved in business valuations and in 2016 he founded Wallabies. Since then artificial intelligence has become part of his life.

Azzurra Lucignani
Advertising Digital
& CRM Manager Renault Italy
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Azzurra Lucignani has built a wide experience in the automotive industry, working within the marketing department of international brands such as Chrysler, Fiat and KIA.

She has joined Renault Italia in 2016 as Dacia Brand Manager. Since March 1st 2019, she has been appointed as Advertising Digital & CRM Manager.

Manuel Meretto
CRM Area Manager
beanTech S.r.l.
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Manuel Meretto holds a First Degree in Web and Multimedia Technologies and a Master in Business Intelligence and Decision Support Systems. In 2014, he started working in beanTech as a Business Intelligence Consultant designing and developing BI solutions to analyse data from social media. In late 2015, he started his career in the CRM industry working as consultant on sales, marketing and customer service projects. His activities included implementations, customizations and data migration on the Dynamics 365 solution and covered all the steps in the development of a CRM solution. He was appointed CRM Area Manager in February 2016 leading the development of the company CRM business unit, which today counts 15+ people working on CRM implementation projects for more than twenty customers.

Gaetano Miccichè
Lega Serie A
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Gianluca Pavanello
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Gianluca Pavanello is the CEO of Macron spa, an Italy-based European company operating in the Technical Sportswear sector.

Mr Pavanello joined Macron spa in 2004 as Chief Executive Officer. Under his management, Macron turnover has grown from 10,5 M€ in 2004 to 97,8 M€ in 2018.

Prior to joining Macron spa, Mr Pavanello was Manager in the Milan office of McKinsey&Company, where he worked since January 1999. In McKinsey, he worked mainly in the Energy and Consumer Goods Industries.

Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked in the Corporate Finance division of an Italian Merchant Bank and before as financial controller for a “white goods” Company in London.

In 1998 Gianluca Pavanello got his Master of Business Administration at “SDA Bocconi” (Milan, Italy) and in 1994 received a degree in Economics at “Università degli Studi di Bologna” (Bologna, Italy).

Roger Penn
Full Professor
Queen's University Belfast
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Professor of Sociology at Queen’s University, Belfast. Previously he held a chair in Economic Sociology at Lancaster University. He has been a visiting Professor at the UCLA, UC Berkeley and the University of Bologna and has authored 14 books including of Skilled Workers in the Class Structure; Class, Power and Technology; Social Change and Economic Life in Britain and Children of International Migrants in Europe. He has a longstanding interest in the sociology of sport and has published articles in English and Italian that have compared the impact of stadia on local economic development and also the role of affective factors in the changing behaviour of football supporters. In 2013 he published an article in the EJSS on ‘Football, Nationalism and Globalization: a Comparison of England and Italy between 1930 and 2010’.

Giovanni Pifarotti
Director Stadium Operations
F.C. Internazionale Milano
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After obtaining a Degree In Business Administration at Bocconi University, in 1996, these are some of Giovanni Pifarotti’s most important experiences:
– FIFA Master first edition 2000/2001.
– From 1996 to 2000: Marketing Agencies Account.
– From 2001 to 2017: Italian Football League Serie A (Research Department, Chief International Relations).
– From 2006 to 2017: UEFA Venue Director.
– From November 2014 to June 2016: FIGC Project Leader UEFA Champions League Final.

Since February 2018 he has been Director of Stadium Operations and Sport International Relations at F.C. Internazionale Milano.

Gianluca Pizzamiglio
Marketing Manager
Udinese Calcio
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Born in Udine and Udinese fan.

He studied Business Administration at the University of Pavia spending six months in the city of Albacete, Spain for Erasmus program and one year at the University of Tuebingen in Germany for a double degree program with a final thesis on “Ambush Marketing in sports events”.

After working for one year in Argentina and attending a FIFA “Master in Sport Business” at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires, in July 2013 he started to work for Udinese Calcio in the Marketing, Hospitality and Events Department.

He is now Udinese Calcio Marketing Manager.

Magda Pozzo
Strategic Marketing Coordinator
Udinese Calcio & Watford FC
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Magda Pozzo graduated from AU University in Washington DC in Business Administration Cum Laude and French Literature.

After 15-year experience as international commercial director in the family industrial group in woodworking machinery and power tools, setting up distribution worldwide, she is currently living between Udine and London, as  a Marketing Strategic Coordinator of the Football Clubs. Her main objective is to create a cross country sponsorship project between Udinese in Seria A and Watford in Premiere League.

She has been the first person to introduce the concept of Naming Rights of a Stadium in Italy with Dacia Arena (Renault Group) in 2015.

She strongly believes that a Stadium must be perceived as an incubator for different activities besides football and it must be shared with the community. She has been a strong supporter of B2B relationships, innovative concepts of hospitality and care for details. Football is a mean, not the most important activity.

Nicola Ribolla
Chartered Accountant
and Business Consultant
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Chartered accountant and statutory auditor, he has been the “Unione Sportiva Città di Palermo” (Palermo Football Club) consultant to investigate during the criminal proceedings as well as in the pre-bankruptcy settlement.

He is an expert in SMEs management and in  pre-bankruptcy settlements. Since 1993, he has been a consultant for the giudiciary civil authority in accounting, income, capital, and financial matters. Since 1997, he has been judicial administrator of confiscated companies and assets.

He has been a consultant for the Government of the Republic of Albania, on behalf of the EU PAMECA (Police Assistance Mission of the European Community to Albania) Agency and of the US Department of Justice AASCA (Agency for the Administration of Seized and Confiscated Assets).

Alberto Rigotto
Udinese Calcio
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Alberto Rigotto is a Chartered Accountant and Udinese Calcio CFO, in charge of the relationships with the company shareholders. He is also Dacia Arena Project Manager.

He owns a degree in Economics and Banking.

In 2006-2009 and 2012-15 he has been adjoint researcher in Business Finance at the Università degli Studi di Udine – School of Economics.

As a Chartered Accountant and Auditor, he acts as business consultant in the areas of corporate finance, taxation, tax litigation, M&A and insolvency procedures.

Director of the data processing center Multidata&Consult Srl. He serves as President of the Board of Statutory Auditors and Statutory Auditor in leading companies in the Friuli area.

Matt Rossetti
Architect and owner
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A third-generation architect, Matt became president of ROSSETTI in 1999 and has grown the company into an internationally-recognized sports and entertainment design firm.

Matt leads the firm’s framework for innovative thinking. He believes architecture must have a dimension beyond form and function in order to meet a client’s vision and provide value. To further this goal, Matt founded Return on Design™, ROSSETTI’s unique approach for generating value through design solutions.

His passion for urban revitalization has driven the firm’s methodology to integrate sports with commercial mixed use. He was elevated to the College of Fellows by the AIA for his expertise, study and work in the field of sports and entertainment. Matt’s notable sports projects include five MLS stadiums across the United States; The Miami Open Tennis Tournament; The Inverted Bowl; USTA National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open; Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden; the Green Bay Packers’ ‘Titletown District’ sports anchored development; and Incheon United Stadium and Sungui Arena Park in Incheon, South Korea.

Andrea Togni
CEO, BCO Swiss Family Office
Chairman, VORTICE Group
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Andrea S. Togni is an intercultural and adaptable person, goal oriented, with experience in several managerial tasks covering project-, people-, company management and acquisitions (M&A).
He continuously looks for a technical, cultural and managerial evolution, to maximize competences in the field of organization, management, administration and innovation.

Specialties: Relationship Management, People & Company Management, Leadership, Project Management, Private Banking, Management of H- / UHNWI portfolios & issues, Early Stage Investments (Start-Up), Biotech Private Equity Investments, Executive Boards, Family Organization &
Intergenerational Planning, M&A.

Fausto Zanetton
Co-Founder & CEO
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Fausto spent 15 years in the finance Industry, working with many media, sports & internet companies globally.

Seeing sports clubs struggle to get traditional funding, and the growing tech, social and alternative finance revolution, the idea of Tifosy sparked in his mind.

Ivan Zazzaroni
Corriere dello Sport-Stadio
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Who should attend

The Summer School in Football Stadia Management is dedicated to anyone (with English language proficiency) interested in the topics of Football Club Management and in particular to all issues related to commissioning, design or (re)construction, and management of a stadium.

Participants in the programme generally include:

  • Young professionals who are aspiring to a career in the sports industry
  • Current sports professionals who want to accelerate their career and specialize on Stadia Management topics
  • Career-changing professionals who want to transition to a sports career in Football Club Management
  • Students in University Graduate and Post-graduate programmes interested in Sport Business topics
  • PhD Students and Researchers working on all subjects linked to Sport Management and in particular Stadia Management
  • Football clubs managers interested in deepening their knowledge of the topics related to the management of the stadium
  • Football clubs wishing to build a stadium and aiming at providing their personnel with the relevant skills or experience to undertake a project of this nature
  • Local authorities or national government officers and public administration managers wishing to improve the understanding of the issues related to the commissioning or the project evaluation of a new stadium/stadium upgrade
  • Companies dealing with stadia facilities products and services
  • Companies interested in boosting their brand visibility collaborating with football clubs on sponsoring, advertising and public relationship activities related to making the most of the stadium.


Entry requirements

A common good command of the English language is required. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent). Should the applicant not be able to provide an English knowledge certificate, he/she will be contacted to organize an English Language Test (free of charge).

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The project partners

ICRIM, the International Center for Research in International Management (, a research center of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (, has launched a Monitor on Sport Management and carries out research and consulting on the management of sports organizations.

Udinese Calcio ( is one of the first Italian clubs that undertook an evolution of its business model thanks to the experience of restructuring and managing the Friuli stadium and transforming it into the Dacia Arena.

Institutional Partners

Media Partners

In collaboration with


The programme will be hosted by Udinese at Dacia Arena, Udine, a modern and multifunctional arena, open to visitors throughout the week apart from match days.

Dacia Arena is one of the most modern medium-sized football arenas in Europe in terms of architecture, facilities and comfort, not only due to its cutting-edge corporate and media facilities. Classes and on-field activities will be carried out in the Auditorium and within the various technical and operational areas of the stadium.


Udine is a little but very lively mountain-ringed city in the North Eastern part of Italy, about 100 km NE of Venice and 75 km West of Trieste. It is, as the crow flies, a little over 20 km from Slovenia, and about 54 km from Austria.

Udine is one of the main towns of Friuli Venezia Giulia (FVG) region which offers cultured cities, deliciously wild landscapes and the fascinating Slovenian-Croatian-Austrian-Italian cultural mishmash.

Since this area was part of the Austrian Empire between 1797 and 1866, Udine visitors can immediately detect more than a hint of Vienna and it is a matter of fact there’s still a dash of the Habsburg in its thriving café society.

The prosperous medieval city centre is compact, clean and organised with a warren of tiny piazzas being the heritage of a dramatic melange of Venetian arches, Greek statues and Roman columns.

The economic activities of the FVG region are concentrated on mechanics, wood-furniture and metallurgy manufacturing, as well as food, wine and tourism.

How to reach Udine

Udine can be reached by car, train or plane.

  • By car: Udine can be reached via the A23 motorway Udine-Tarvisio or via the A4 Venezia-Trieste motorway.
  • By train: train services operate to Venice, Treviso, Trieste, Padua, Bologna, Rome, Verona and Milan. International trains operate to Vienna and Munich.
  • By plane: Friuli Venezia Giulia airport is 33km northwest of Trieste, with daily flights from Milan, Rome, London and Munich. Venice’s Marco Polo and Treviso airports are within easy reach of the region and have flights to many more destinations.


Tuition Fees

Our tuition fee is €950.00 (VAT included) for the course.

The fee covers welcome activities and courses (group work, company visits, etc.); access to the web platform where all the files and course contents will be available; the use of infrastructure and materials for the study. It also includes:

  • FSM participants’ welcome kit,
  • Teaching material
  • Lunchtime meals and coffee breaks (Mon. to Fri.)
  • Two Team Building Dinners
  • A Study Tour at local companies
  • Spectating the Final of the UEFA Under-21 Championship
  • Bus transfer (from and to) selected hotels*
  • UCSC Certification. Individuals who complete the multi-hour courses will receive a statement of completion certificate from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

The fee does not cover transportation to Udine**, hotel room and meals (except for scheduled events).

*Participants will also have the opportunity to benefit from a special overnight rate at two selected hotels (upper and medium range) located a few minutes’ drive to/from the Dacia Arena.

Hotel Continental

Hotel Ramandolo

Please, get in touch with ICRIM for further information.

** The programme partner AirFrance-KLM offers discounted flights fares to enrolled participants (ask ICRIM  for the details).

How to apply

In order to apply, please send your CV to

The selection process for admission to the Summer School is based on the document received. The applicant will receive a written communication by e-mail regarding his/her definitive admission to the Summer School.

How to enroll

Upon acceptance, you shall then enroll by registering on-line, at

Deadline: Monday, June 10th, 2019



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