Alexandre Baronciani, an alumnus of the FBA Professional Master in Football Business, about how he experienced the ESSMA Summit 2019. The FBA, an ESMMA Partner, offers its students a Professional Master in Football Business with the objective to deliver them all the necessary tools and an optimal learning environment in order to succeed in the passionate and dynamic football industry.

Sander van Stiphout – Director International and Program Manager Amsterdam Innovation Arena – discussed more about the innovation challenges at Johan Cruijff ArenA during the ESSMA Summit in Porto.

Read more on the long-term development plans of AS Monaco, fan experience at Stade Toulousain, the annual BASIS Conference and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

ESSMA events 2019

January 01, 2019


ESSMA Stadiums, Clubs, Leagues, Federations and Stadium Partners can participate in the following ESSMA events: 




Date: 21 - 22 May

Venue: Marshall Józef Piłsudski's Municipal Stadium  

Location: Warsaw, Poland


Read the highlights






Date: 20 - 21 August

Venue: St. George's Park 

Location: Burton upon Trent, England


Highlights of ESSMA's Pitch Management Workshop





Date: 3 - 4 September

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Location: London, England


Discover the highlights





Date: 8 - 9 October


Location: Mainz, Germany


Join us in Mainz



USA Global Stadium Tour 


Date: 11 - 15 November (exact dates to be confirmed depending on matchdays)

Venues: Amongst others Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Location: Atlanta, Milwaukee & Chicago, USA


Limited places available!



ESSMA Summit 2020 


Date: 21 - 22 January 2020

Venue: Groupama Arena

Location: Budapest, Hungary


Join us for the sixth ESSMA Summit



In total 38 ESSMA delegates from 17 different stadiums, clubs, federations and leagues participated in the ESSMA Lisbon Stadium Tour, supported by Populous, with visits to SL Benfica and Sporting CP.

The European Stadium and Safety Management Association (ESSMA) and The Football Business Academy have agreed to continue their partnership which covers learning, networking and work experience opportunities for The FBA Candidates. 

ESSMA is glad to announce that the sixth edition of the ESSMA Summit will be hosted at Groupama Arena, home of Ferencvárosi TC. After a successful 2019 edition in Porto, we are delighted to invite you to join us in Budapest for the ESSMA Summit 2020.

A crowd of over 375 engaged ESSMA delegates came together to share ideas, learn best practices and network at the fifth annual ESSMA Summit in Porto at Estádio do Dragão. Organised by the European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA), in partnership with ECA and European Leagues, this must-attend stadium industry event could welcome representatives of clubs, stadiums, leagues, federations amongst others.

During ESSMA’s 5th edition of the annual ESSMA Summit at Estádio do Dragão, home of FC Porto, President John Beattie informed the participants on the appointment of Cyril De Greve as new Managing Director of the Association.

Populous is the proud sponsor of the ESSMA Lisbon Stadium Tour, the day before the ESSMA Summit. Over 30 ESSMA delegates will have the opportunity to visit Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade and learn more about the daily operations at Sporting CP and SL Benfica.