A big impact on Asian football

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 22 Nov 2018

(From left) Marian, Stuart, Rajaratnam, South-East Asia La Liga managing director Ivan Codina and Malaysia Football League chief executive officer Kevin Ramalingam during the WFSA 2019 soft launch at Empire Hotel Subang.

THE World Football Summit Asia (WFSA) is coming to Malaysia and Asia for the first time in April next year after its successful events in Spain over the last three years.

With the theme ‘Where The Asian Football Industry Meets’ — WFSA aims to become the most prominent international event for the Asian football industry, where the most influential figures of the game meet to deliberate the relevant topics and generate business opportunities.

The two-day event, scheduled for April 29 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur is the ideal platform for companies and organisations to mingle with elite and established names in the football industry, thus gaining access to business and networking opportunities.

There are three different passes which allows access to the summit. The Corporate pass priced at US$1,000, Delegate Pass at US$699 and the US$100 Student Pass which is only limited to 100 applicants.

When this international event, held annually in Madrid for the past three years, decided to internationalise and selected Malaysia as its first Asian host, it underlined the fact that football, without doubt, is the number one sport in this region.

With countries such as China, Qatar and India all bidding for the privilege to host this event, Retro Minds Network Sdn Bhd (a fullyowned Malaysian-based company) successfully won the rights to host WFSA for the next 10 years.

It will expand the brand throughout Asia in the coming years.

The main objective of the summit is to establish a hub for the Asian Football Industry and at the same time provide a platform for football professionals to learn, explore, obtain and generate business opportunities with the diversity WFSA offers.

WFS director Marian Otamendi, who was present at the launch of the summit, said she has been impressed with the organisers’ efforts thus far and is really looking forward to the inaugural event next year in Malaysia.

“I would like to thank Malaysia for being the host of the inaugural WFSA next year. We are confident that all involved will be able to organise a world-class show,” she said.

“With a large fan base, exceptional football culture and enthusiastic professionals, the prospects of the business of football in Asia are tremendous.

“I am convinced WFSA delegates from around the world will gain insights from the discussions and establish good networks,” added Marian.

WFSA chief executive officer Mohan Rajaratnam, who is responsible for bringing WFSA to Malaysia, is determined to ensure that this summit will have a huge impact on Asian football.

“Presenting this summit in Asia will allow for an exclusive platform for football professionals around the world to leverage on the Asian football industry.

“WFSA will witness distinguished speakers, high network organisations and exhibitors coming together under the same roof for two days,” said Rajaratnam.

Meanwhile, Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) general-secretary Stuart Ramalingam said that FAM has pledged its full support to WFSA and will continue to do so.

“WFSA comes at the right time. In Malaysia, we are witnessing the positive changes in our football scene,” Ramalingam said.

“A programme like WFSA will facilitate professionals in this field to be more equipped with all the relevant knowledge, understanding best practices and developing quality business networks.”

The last edition of World Football Summit, which was held in Madrid, saw the participation of over 100 countries from across the globe.

Some of the issues addressed during the Madrid summit were challenges and opportunities in Asian football, the success of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, digital transformation in sports and financial management in football clubs.

About 2,000 delegates are expected to participate in the inaugural WFSA next year.

Some of the influential figures who are due to speak during the summit include La Liga President Javier Tebas, Malaysian Football League chairman Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and FIFA’s chief digital transformation and innovation officer Luis Vicente.

For details, visit WFSA’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/worldfootballsummit/ or log on to their website at http://asia.worldfootballsummit.com

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