Saudi Arabia confirmed as host for WFS Asia!

· by World Football Summit

The Global Football Industry will gather in Saudi Arabia for the second edition of WFS Asia

  • The second edition of World Football Summit Asia will take place in Saudi Arabia, in December 2023, bringing together key decision-makers from the global football industry and expecting over 1,500 attendees.

Madrid, Spain / Saudi Arabia – 8th of May 2023

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to welcome the global football industry for the second edition of World Football Summit Asia in December 2023. Saudi Arabia will become the epicenter of the football world as it hosts key decision-makers from clubs, leagues, federations, and brands associated with the sport, all working together to shape the future of football.

Scheduled for December with the backdrop of the FIFA Club World Cup 2023 taking place in Saudi Arabia, the second edition of WFS Asia aims to bring together over 1,500 representatives and stakeholders from the football ecosystem. The event will feature 150+ speakers, with 70% of attendees being decision-makers from leading football properties and sports businesses. More than 100 media representatives are expected to attend, providing extensive coverage. Over two action-packed days, attendees will have the opportunity to accelerate business growth through strategic networking and knowledge-sharing sessions.

The decision to host WFS Asia in Saudi Arabia highlights the country’s growing prominence as a global sports powerhouse. The Kingdom has already secured the 2027 AFC Asian Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup and has attracted top talent such as Cristiano Ronaldo. The recent success of the Qatar World Cup has also helped shine a light on the broader region’s potential in the global sports industry.

WFS Asia will take place in December 2023 and will have as one of the key institutional partners the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), the Saudi Professional League and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). WFS Asia aims to bring together all key stakeholders to foster growth and collaboration in the football industry with the mission to establish the summit as an annual fixture on the global football calendar.

Since its inception in 2016, WFS has successfully attracted over 22,000 attendees across 16 events and has built a global community of 80.000+ sports industry executives throughout its platforms. Top names in the industry, including Gianni Infantino, Fatma Samoura, Ronaldo Nazario, Samuel Eto’o, Peter Moore, or Cindy Cone have participated, showcasing the event’s significance in the global football landscape.

“Given Saudi Arabia’s aspiration to establish itself as a leading force in global sports, it made perfect sense for World Football Summit to organize an event here, connecting key regional football stakeholders with their international counterparts.”  said Jan Alessie, Co-Founder and Director of World Football Summit.

A soft launch for World Football Summit Asia 2023 took place on the 25th of May, at the Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences, providing a select group of attendees with an exclusive preview of the event’s agenda, panels, and workshops. 

Join us in shaping the future of the global football industry and stay tuned for more updates on World Football Summit Asia 2023.

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