The first edition of the World Football Summit in Spain took place 27th and 28th October in Madrid. As a meeting point for professionals, companies and institutions - the movers and shakers shaping the future of football in the world - this Summit proved to be successful. 

The 4th edition of Football avenue will be held 9th and 10th November in Torino. A part of the mission of this event is to show a new path to Italian football. 

IOG Saltex, Europe’s largest annual turf show is taking place 2 and 3 November in Birmingham (United Kingdom) and is set to educate, enthral and entertain. 

The Pitch Management Workshop took place in Paris 30th and 31st August. Both the Clairefontaine National Training Centre and the Stade de France were hosts of this workshop. Read our full report here

The first edition of the World Football Summit in Spain will be held 27th and 28th October in Madrid. This summit presents itself as a meeting point for professionals, companies and institutions. 

ESSMA Stadium Partner Philips Lighting and ESSMA Stadium Member Atletico Madrid announced an agreement to supply the lighting of the club’s new stadium. Under the agreement, Philips Lighting becomes the official lighting partner of Atletico Madrid for the next four seasons. 

The Polish Football Forum took place 22 September in Warsaw. The goal of this forum is to build a coherent strategy for the continuous growth of Polish football based on European experiences. ESSMA was present through its managing director Dimitri Huygen. 


Together with other partners, ESSMA signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding), thus joining the global green sports conversation. 

SV Zulte Waregem are developing their facilities in order to take the club to the next level. Within the development process the club focused both on its stadium and training centre. Last year the training centre has been finished (read more about this via following link). The stadium project has been divided in 4 different stages, which will result in a final stadium capacity of around 14,000. 

ESSMA member Philips Lighting wowed fans prior to the Juventus – Fiorentina game with a mesmerizing pre-match light show using its new Philips ArenaVision LED pitch lighting system. This system meets the latest standards of TV broadcasters and international football federations and proved to be a hit with fans expressing their delight on social media.