‘The Movement’ was set up with a vision to be the premier forum for stakeholders from around the globe to meet and explore prospective business opportunities in a rapidly growing Indian sports industry.

In recent years, the sports industry in India has experienced remarkable growth and the Indian market is fast becoming a key destination for investors globally. Centered around the vast commercial potential of the Indian sports industry, The Movement is an annual event, with each edition based on a relevant core theme, influenced by prevailing circumstances.

The Movement provides a platform for rights-holders, top businesses, policy makers and industry professionals to come together and engage, interact and explore potential investment and business opportunities within sport.

               THE EVENT

The third edition of The Football Movement is scheduled to be held on 22 and 23 February 2018 in Mumbai. Like the successful events of 2016 and 2017, the conference will aim to provide attending delegates with the best possible opportunity to network & explore potential business opportunities in football.

The emphasis of The Football Movement this year will be to facilitate relevant, meaningful dialogue around the business of football and create real opportunities for attendees to strike up long-term partnerships. Once again, the Indian delegates will include key decision makers from leading corporates, brands and the football industry itself - clubs, league and federation representatives, broadcasters as well as officials of relevant government bodies. From the UK, we expect attendance from the Premier League, Club representatives, as well as industry experts who will be invited as guests of the conference.

               Commercial Sustainability and the Growth of Football in India

It is important that the theme for the third edition captures the current mood of the country’s football ecosystem and addresses the most pressing questions surrounding the industry.

With the Indian Super League now midway through its fourth season, and the proposed restructuring of the leagues in process, the Indian football industry stands at a crossroads. The initial boom and glamour of the ISL has stabilized and all stakeholders are now looking ahead to the medium / long term plan as far as their respective businesses are concerned. The most pressing question surrounding almost all the stakeholders is the commercial sustainability and viability of the football industry in India, both as a whole and in individual industry sectors.

Keeping this in mind, the theme for The Football Movement 2018 will focus on ‘Commercial Sustainability and the Growth of Football in India. The aim is to analyze the football industry as a whole and get a 360-degree perspective from all the stakeholders about the issues they currently face from a commercial sustainability perspective and the road ahead for each sector.

               About Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is a UK governmental department responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to it. The DIT is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe as well as developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries.

               ABOUT INDIA ON TRACK

India On Track (IOT) is one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies, which partners with top sporting entities to bring best-in-class sports thinking and philosophy to India. Each partnership focuses on the amalgamation of technical expertise of these leaders in world sport and IOT’s management experience and vision for India.


Crispin Simon

British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India and the Director General of Department of International Trade,
India and South Asia

Ben Green

First Secretary for Trade in India

Richard Masters

Managing Director,
Premier League

Nemanja Vidic

Premier League Legend

Gary Monk

Former Premier League Player and Manager

Ranveer Singh

Premier League Ambassador to India

Sundar Raman

Reliance Sports

Kushal Das

General Secretary,

Nimmagadda Prasad

Kerala Blasters FC

Richard Bevan

Chief Executive,
League Managers Association

Stuart Larman

Director of MA Development Department at Asian Football

Tim Vine

Director of International & Government Relations, Premier League

Gaurav Modwel

FC Pune City

Martin Axford

Head of Digital,
Premier League

Joy Bhattacharjya

Project Director,
FIFA U-17 World Cup

Anupam Goswami

CEO & League Commissioner,
Mashal Sports

Chaitanya Divan

Senior Vice President,
Head of Content Acquisition, Star Sports


Vice President & Managing Director,
NBA India

Anil Singh

Founder and Managing Director,
Procam International

Manish Bhasin

Premier League Productions

Vivek Sethia

Founder & CEO,
India On Track

Matthew Hale

Academy Manager ,
Southampton FC

Akshay Tandon

Co-owner & Club President,
FC Goa

Marc Dring

Marketing Manager,
Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.

Ravi Chavan

Managing Director,
Nielsen Sports & Entertainment

G Srinnivasan

Group Head,
Marketing and Strategy, Reliance Sports

Arvind Iyengar

Chief Executive Officer,
Sportz Interactive

Mandar Tamhane

Chief Technical Officer,
Bengaluru FC

Porush Jain

CEO & Founder,

Asha Thacker

Head of Sports Partnerships,
Facebook India and South Asia

Ashok Rathod

Founder and Director,
OSCAR Foundation

Mathew Spacie

Magic Bus

Conference Schedule  

Day 1 – 22nd February

Registration and lunch 13:00
Welcome address 14:00
PL Address 14:10
Panel Discussion: Key Factors to Measure Commercial Sustainability 14:20
Panel Discussion: Football Development 15:05
Tea / Coffee Break 15:50
Breakout Sessions (running parallel):
  • The First 60 Days
  • The benefits of strategic long term partnerships
Special Feature 17:00
Special Session: Learnings from Other Sports 17:15
Networking Cocktails 17:45

Day 2 - 23rd February

Registration 09:30
Welcome address 10:30
Special Address 10:40
Special Address 10:50
Panel Discussion - Broadcasting 11:00
Tea Break 11:45
UK Companies Presentations and Announcements 12:15
Lunch 13:00
Special Feature 14:00
Panel Discussion: Sponsorship and Long-Term Partnerships 14:30
Tea / Coffee Break 15:15
Breakout Sessions (running parallel):
  • A digital transformation
  • Maximising full attendance
  • The Southampton Way – Academy Structure & Pathway
Special Feature 16:45
Panel Discussion: Fan Engagement 17:15
Networking Cocktails 18:00


The theme will be addressed, focusing on one industry sector at a time. The commercial realities, current health and key challenges faced by each sector will be addressed in the different sessions and will include a broad discussion on that particular service sector. Each session will include all of the various stakeholders, who make up that particular industry sector and get their respective views and perspectives as far as the potential future is concerned.

There will be a renewed emphasis on smaller scale, participative workshops, giving delegates the chance to ask questions of presenters and pick the sessions that feel most relevant to them. This will give attendees a real chance to be more integrally involved in the event.

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