Soccerex China has broken new ground as China’s biggest ever football business summit, with over 1500 senior industry figures participating in the inaugural event in Zhuhai.
FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, CFA General Secretary Zhang Jian and Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al Khelaifi were just some of the big name speakers that addressed the many businessmen and football figures from around the world, eager to explore the opportunities in this burgeoning football marketplace.
They were joined by elite European clubs such as AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid who were part of rights holder group of over 300 who contributed to the vibrant business atmosphere.
In total, 1504 delegates from 53 different countries flocked to this thriving new metropolis in the Guangdong Province, with the event delivering an important and timely platform in support the growth of the football industry in China. The bustling exhibition floor featured 76 different companies promoting their products and services and with 62% of delegates coming from the local market, Soccerex China provided a balance of vital learning opportunities for Chinese stakeholders and unique market access for the international rights holders and business who participated.
The Soccerex China conference delivered a mix of insight aimed at supporting the fulfilment of China’s National Football Reform Plan, tackling topics such as facility development, investment, coaching philosophies and event hosting. The event also provided wisdom from football legends such as Deco and Hernan Crespo who spoke in a session about Sporting Heroes and took time to meet with the many different companies who attended.
Speaking on the success of the first edition of Soccerex China, Soccerex Chairman, Tony Martin said:
“We are absolutely thrilled with how our first event went. We exceed our expectations in terms of attendance and have been overwhelmed with the positive messages we have received from all quarters. I would like to thank our title sponsors the London Football Exchange and our network of local partners headed by De Heng Qin and Huafa Group – without their support this would not have been possible and we look forward to building on this success in future years.”