City Football Leadership Institute (CFLI)

City Football Leadership Institute (CFLI)

City Football Leadership Institute was created to provide real life insights to students and professionals who want to know more about the business of football and sport. Those insights go far beyond the pitch and will get to the heart of sport as a continuously evolving global phenomenon and platform for creativity and entrepreneurs.
  • Education
  • London, UK
  • 50-250 employees
Alongside our partners at City Football Group, our variety of programmes offer invaluable insight, bespoke education, and unrivalled access for those aspiring to excel within the sport industry and beyond. It is important for those either looking to take their first steps into the industry or seasoned professionals to proactively develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to effectively navigate their way through today’s complex and rapidly changing sports business ecosystem.


Masterclasses offer participants unrivalled insight and access to industry experts situated at the heart of the global sport industry. Each masterclass has been tailored to provide an immersive learning experience for those seeking to acquire a deeper practical knowledge of a specific area in the business of sport and beyond.

The Business of Football

An educational grounding in the football business ecosystem, exploring everything from the economic forces to value creation, and how new phenomena alongside existing trends contribute to one of the world’s biggest sports.

Next Gen Manchester and New York

Our signature Teen program, Next Gen, aims to connect the next generation of leaders with the sport industry and give them their first experience of what a future career in the sector could look like. This unique summer programme takes students inside the world of City Football Group, Manchester City and New York City FC, and offers a hands-on immersion into the business of sport.


Our Three Pillars

Industry Discovery: Exploring the latest industry insight and identifying how future innovation is likely to impact the sport business eco-system.

Challenging Perspectives: Encouraging critical thinking and utilising thought leadership to develop fresh perspectives on key issues that influence the sport industry and wider society.

Personal Development: Developing tangible strategies for success by providing toolkits to implement insight within everyday professional environments, alongside supporting development of professional networks.



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