At World Football Summit we’ve deemed it necessary that the football industry share the spotlight and acknowledge those behind the scenes that make the sport shine. The WFS Awards were created to reward the achievements of these executives, managers, sponsors, agencies, media, NGOs and other professionals whose talent, passion and dedication help make football the greatest show of our time. Among some of the past winners are Arsenal FC, Aleksander Čeferin, Sevilla FC, Socios.com… The awards ceremony will be held on the first night of the two-day WFS Europe Event in Sevilla.
Below you will find the three finalists from each category:
BEST EXECUTIVE AWARD BY NOLAN PARTNERS
Directed to the executive who has made a change for the benefit of the institution, has made the most efficient use of its resources and has achieved greater impact according to their capabilities.
- Karren Brady
- Ivan Gazidis
- Gareth Lagerwey
BEST VENUE PRESENTED BY MONDO STADIA
Directed to stadiums and sports venues, taking into account fan experience, access, match day operations… among others.
- TQL Stadium
- Q2 Stadium
- Wembley Stadium
BEST DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE PRESENTED BY N3XT SPORTS
Directed at football rights holders: clubs, federations, and leagues, that have recently gone through a digital transformation process with demonstrated new value generated. The process may either be completed or ongoing but must be able to present tangible results.
- Eintracht Frankfurt
FOOTBALL FOR GOOD AWARD PRESENTED BY COMMON GOAL
Directed at clubs, club foundations, institutions, NGO’s or companies that promote social change through football.
- Coaches across Continents
- Krida Vikas Sanstha – Nagpur, Slumsoccer – DeafKidsz Goal!
- Real Betis
BEST WOMEN’S FOOTBALL INITIATIVE PRESENTED BY WOMEN IN FOOTBALL
Directed at the company or institution whose performance or initiative has contributed in an outstanding and relevant way to promote the development and growth of women’s football, on a professional level, achieving notoriety and a certain projection that inspires new generations to practice it and audiences to follow it.
- Badgers Football Academy
- Japan Women’s Empowerment Professional Football League (WE LEAGUE)
FOOTBALL WITHOUT LIMITS AWARD PRESENTED BY FOOTBALL FOR ALL
This WFS Award looks to applaud, cherish and gain inspiration from companies, clubs and federations that have provided support to the inclusion and visibility of disabled people in our society, specifically in sports, by means of any initiative, technology, marketing campaign, innovative solution.
- Para Football
- Royal Belgian Football
- Wolves FC
BEST SUPPLIER AWARD PRESENTED BY SPORTSTECHX
Directed at companies that provide products that provide products or services to the football industry. The company may be a supplier for different football clubs or sports disciplines.
MARCUS RASHFORD AWARD PRESENTED BY META
An award created to reaffirm the legacy of Marcus Rashford MBE’s child food poverty campaigning. This is directed at athletes, executives and organization employees who have championed programs and actions that have a positive impact on their communities and drive positive societal change.
- Alphonso Davies
- Common Goal
- Girls Rocks
BEST SPORTSTECH STARTUP PRESENTED BY LASOURCE
This award celebrates the most promising and innovative startups which provide sports organizations with outstanding solutions to help them in their transitions and overall transformation.
BEST INTERNATIONALIZATION STRATEGY PRESENTED BY DELOITTE
Directed at the company or institution which has best expanded its business internationally, gaining market expansion, business diversification, growth of investment, etc.
- 777 Football Group
- Cádiz CF
- Valencia CF
Check out who took home the awards last year: