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CIES - International Centre for Sports Studies is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It was created in 1995 as a foundation by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel, the City and State of Neuchatel.

Using a multi-disciplinary approach (law, sociology, history and management), CIES provides research, top-level education and consulting services to the world of sport. Since its inception, CIES has aimed to be a bridge between the worlds of research, education and sports organisations.

At an educational level, CIES organises the FIFA Master - International Master in in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport as well as the FIFA/CIES University Network which brings together Universities from around the globe to propose a curriculum of continuing education in sports management. Also, CIES organises the Master of Sports Law at the Université de Neuchâtel (UNINE), Switzerland as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Sports Law in Neuchâtel. Still at the Université de Neuchâtel, CIES researchers deliver courses in human sciences, Humanities (ECTS).

Moreover, CIES is a hub for research as the CIES Football Observatory, specialised in the statistical analysis of football/sports data, and the CIES Sports Intelligence, a team focusing on aspects of sports governance, finance, legal and development show.

Finally, CIES has an in-house Documentation Centre open to the public at its headquarters in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in addition to editing and publishing various publications. As an international centre, CIES has a qualified and diversified staff and continually expands its partnerships with individuals, universities and sports organisations around the globe.


Bachelor's degree
Humanities & Culture Length Location
Humanities (ECTS) Neuchâtel
Master's degree
Humanities & Culture
Sports Studies & Management
FIFA Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport 10 months Multiple (3)
Master in Sports Law 2 years Neuchâtel
Diploma / certificate
Humanities & Culture
Sports Studies & Management
FIFA/CIES Executive Program in Sports Management Multiple (16)

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Ami Otaki
Everything I learnt from the FIFA Master’s multi-disciplinary course content of sports history, management and law was new and very interesting to me. All of these modules gave me a completely new point of view and understanding of both football and sport more generally. The challenging and diverse classroom environment of the FIFA Master gave m...
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Martin Kaswurm
During the FIFA Master course, we are exposed to a wealth of disciplines, organizations and industry leaders who shape and contribute to our thinking as we go through the course. Often, I would end up learning as much from the site visits, lectures and guest speakers as I did from my classmates. Looking back now, the FIFA Master has given me, ab...
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Namrata Chatterjee
The FIFA Master certainly helped me to gain a foothold in the sport industry. Apart from enriching my knowledge on a wide variety of issues in the sport world, it also gave me a lot of insights on the different dimensions of the sports industry in a practical sense. This master enhanced my group work and team spirit through our final project and...
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CIES (International Centre for Sport Studies)

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