From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Industry Sport industry
Founded 1995
Headquarters Power Road Studios, Chiswick, London, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Duncan Revie (CEO)
Rita Whelan (COO)
Tony Martin (Chairman)
Number of employees
Website Official website

Soccerex is an organisation that runs events for the association football industry, based in Chiswick, London.[1]


The company was founded in 1995 by Duncan Revie, CEO until his death in 2016, son of the Leeds and England manager Don Revie, COO Rita Whelan and chairman Tony Martin. The event was conceived in the Midland Hotel, Manchester, while Revie and Whelan were attending a business event for the music industry and noted a gap in the market for football business.[2]

Football business events[edit]

The first event was held in Manchester in 1996, and followed this with annual events in London in 1997, Paris in 1998, Los Angeles in 1999 before returning to Old Trafford, Manchester, to hold the 5th edition in 2000. Following this period, the event settled in Dubai from 2001 to 2006 where it grew its customer base and began to attract greater attention, with appearances from leading figures of the game including FIFA President Sepp Blatter,[3] David Dein,[4] Peter Kenyon,[5] David Gill and Umberto Gandini.

In 2005, the company launched a regional sub-event concept, the London Forum, to cater for local markets for organisations who could not attend the event in Dubai. Following the launch of the Forums the main Soccerex event was rebranded as a Global Convention.

In 2007 the Global Convention moved to Johannesburg in advance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and would remain there until 2009, when the event transferred to Rio de Janeiro in a tenure due to stretch until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, although this was cut short by the termination of the 2013 edition. The cancellation of its 18th annual industry conference, scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2013, caused concern that there might be problems with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, due to be held in Brazil in June and July of the following year.[6] In 2014 the event returned to Manchester, a tenure which will last until 2017.[7]

Alongside the Global Convention, the organisation has also held its Forum level events in London (2005–2009), Dubai (2008), Brasília (2009), Singapore (2010), Manchester (2010–2013), Durban (2012–2014), Barbados (2014) and Jordan (2014–2015), as well as a seminar event in Lagos (2012) and a roadshow in Belém (2012).

Public events[edit]

In addition to corporate networking and exhibition functions, Soccerex runs a Football Festival alongside the Global Convention each year to promote community engagement. First held on the beach in Dubai, it has grown to include youth tournaments, musical and dance acts and a legends tournament for ex-professional footballers.

It has been hosted in Dubai (2005–6),[8] Johannesburg (2007–2009),[9] Rio de Janeiro (2010–2013)[10] and Manchester (2014–17).[11]

The event is free to attend and has attracted stars including Eric Cantona, Cafu, Lucas Moura, Marcel Desailly, Gaizka Mendieta and Jay Jay Okocha.

In 2016, the World's First International Street Soccer Tournament, World Street 3s was launched at Soccerex Football Festival. Eight teams, from Belgium, Denmark, England, Croatia, France, Netherlands, Italy and USA, took part in the inaugural competition.

The Dutch winning team of Edward Van Gils, Mohamed Attaibi, Issy ‘The Hitman’ Hamdoui and Sofian El Adel, demonstrated the unique footballing skills needed for the fast-paced action of street soccer, scoring over 25 goals throughout the tournament.[12]


In addition to the events it runs, Soccerex has a media suite managed in conjunction with SportsPro Media under the name SoccerexPro.

The content is centred on football business news and analysis, with editorial pieces on global and regional football business issues as well as sections related to commercial deals which have been done.

SoccerexPro products are available in a quarterly publication which is available in print, online and through an iOS app, a weekly blog hosted on the Soccerex website and a daily e-newsletter sent out via email.


  1. ^ "Work for us". Soccerex. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Football's coming home as Soccerex kicks off in Manchester". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 7 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ "Blatter warns on football corruption". BBC. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Top English club officials to be part of Soccerex". Gulf News. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top English club officials to be part of Soccerex". Gulf News. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Soccerex: Fears for Brazil World Cup 2014 as conference axed". BBC News Online. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Manchester to host Soccerex Global Convention". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 7 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  8. ^ "Mashreqbank sponsors Soccerex Football Festival 2006". Arabian Business. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Soccerex Five-a-Side Football Festival". South African Government. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Soccerex deste ano terá o Maracanã como palco Leia mais no LANCENET! © 1997–2013 Todos os direitos reservados a Areté Editorial S.A Diário LANCE!". Lance!. Retrieved 11 February 2015.  External link in |title= (help)
  11. ^ "BT City Square to host UK's leading Football Festival". Manchester City FC. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  12. ^

External links[edit]