Football’s trailblazers make up FBA ‘19 shortlist

The biggest night in the business of football is now on the horizon with the announcement of this year’s hotly anticipated Football Business Awards 2019 shortlist.

A panel of high profile judges have worked their way through hundreds of entries to decide the cream of the crop across 17 categories covering sponsorship, marketing, community, technology, hospitality, CSR and media.

The annual awards ceremony pays tribute to the supporting businesses that assist and enable the success of the game, recognising and rewarding the remarkable off-pitch achievements of the best in the business.

Simon Burton, Co-founder of the Football Business Awards, said: “The awards are now in their eighth year running and becoming more and more difficult to win as we’re seeing the calibre of entries and the level of competition continue to grow. We’re lucky to have such a thriving and innovative football business community, without which we simply would not be able to enjoy our national game like we do. It’s important that we reward those organisations who continuously set the bar higher and higher each year.”

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be presented to winners across each category at a black tie ceremony from 6.30pm on Thursday 28th November at City Central at the HAC in London.

For a full list of judges, categories and for further details, visit www.FootballBusinessAwards.com

The finalists are:

SPONSORSHIP / PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR

·        English Football League & Mind

·        FC Barcelona & Stanley Black & Decker

·        Leeds United Football Club & Eleven Sports Media

·        Norwich City Football Club & Visit Tampa Bay

·        Portsmouth Football Club & University of Portsmouth

·        Tottenham Hotspur & Hotels.com

·        Vanarama & Prostate Cancer UK

·        West Bromwich Albion & Ideal Boilers

BEST CLUB MARKETING INITIATIVE

·        Birmingham City Football Club

·        Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

·        Bristol Rovers Football Club

·        Chelsea Football Club

·        Fulham Football Club

·        Leicester City Football Club

·        Norwich City Football Club

·        Southampton Football Club

·        Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

BEST IN FOOTBALL MEDIA

·        Leicester City Football Club

·        Liverpool Football Club

·        RamsTV – Derby County Football Club

·        Soccer Aid for Unicef

·        The EE Wembley Cup

BEST FOOTBALL COMMUNITY SCHEME – NON PREMIER LEAGUE

·        Bristol Rovers Community Trust

·        Cardiff City FC Community Foundation

·        Derby County Community Trust

·        Fulham Football Club Foundation

·        Sunderland AFC / Foundation of Light

BEST FOOTBALL COMMUNITY SCHEME – PREMIER LEAGUE

·        Albion in the Community

·        Everton in the Community

·        Leicester City in the Community

·        Newcastle United Foundation

·        Saints Foundation, Charity of Southampton Football Club

·        West Ham United Foundation

BEST PROFESSIONAL SERVICE BUSINESS SERVING FOOTBALL

·        Coutts

·        KPMG Advisory

·        KSS

·        Mishcon de Reya (Sports Group)

·        Oaks Consultancy

·        Onside Law

·        Pro-Football Academy

·        Verisona Law

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN A FOOTBALL CLUB

·        Birmingham City Football Club and Tappit

·        Chelsea Football Club

·        Manchester United Football Club

·        Norwich City Football Club

·        Portsmouth Football Club

·        Swansea City Football Club and Other Media

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN FOOTBALL (NOT CLUB SPECIFIC)

·        Catapult

·        Imagineear Ltd

·        SeatServe

·        SportSessionPlanner.com

·        StreamAMG

FOOTBALL CLUB INNOVATION AWARD

·        Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

·        Chelsea Football Club

·        Everton Football Club

·        Manchester United Football Club

·        Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

FOOTBALL BUSINESS INNOVATION AWARD

·        Cake, Havas & COPA90

·        Eleven Sports Media – Statzone

·        Elite Skills Arena

·        Seven League & FIFA 2.0.

·        Snack Media / Stream Football

·        Soccer Aid for Unicef

·        StatsBomb

BEST FOOTBALL CLUB HOSPITALITY

·        Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

·        Everton Football Club

·        Fulham Football Club

·        Walsall Football Club

AGENCY OF THE YEAR

·        Eleven Sports Media

·        MATTA

·        Other Media

·        Seven League

·        WePlay

BEST CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY SCHEME

·        Albion in the Community & American Express

·        Everton in the Community

·        Football club “Riteriai” (FK Riteriai)

·        Huddersfield Town Football Club

·        Leicester City Football Club & De Montfort University

·        QPR in the Community Trust, with West London Health Partnership, Hammersmith & Fulham CCG and CommaGB

BEST OPERATIONS TEAM

·        Accrington Stanley Football Club

·        Ashton Gate Stadium

·        Arsenal’s Travel, Events, Supporter Liaison team

·        English Football League

·        Everton Football Club

BEST BUSINESS SERVING FOOTBALL

·        CSM Live

·        Imagineear

·        Nielsen Sports

·        Portview

·        St George’s Park

·        StatsBomb

·        WePlay

BEST NON-MATCH DAY USE OF VENUE

·        Ashton Gate Stadium

·        Carrow Road

·        Emirates Stadium

·        Etihad Stadium

·        Stamford Bridge

·        Tynecastle Park

·        Villa Park

BEST BRAND ACTIVATION INVOLVING FOOTBALL

·        EA Sports & FIFA 19 Ratings Awards

·        Everton Football Club & Rovio

·        FC Barcelona & Beko

·        Liverpool Football Club & BetVictor

·        Manchester City Football Club, Wix & Copa 90

·        Vanarama & Prostate Cancer UK