Johan Cruyff Institute and League1 Canada announce plans to support soccer education and career development

Toronto, ON – (June 18, 2024) – League1 Canada and Johan Cruyff Institute announce that scholarship opportunities are available for League1 Canada players, coaches, and club staff in the upcoming academic year.

It was announced in April that Johan Cruyff Institute and League1 Canada have formed a partnership that will advance the education and career development for people associated with League1 Pro-Am soccer in Canada.

Players, coaches, and club staff across League1 Ontario, League1 BC, Ligue1 Québec, and League1 Alberta can apply for a variety of scholarships that will allow them to enrol on select Johan Cruyff Institute degree programs – either fully paid or at a discounted rate. The programs include Master in Football Business (in partnership with FC Barcelona) and Master in Sport Business, postgraduate degree programs, and specialized diplomas.

A further breakdown of the scholarships and application criteria can be found at the bottom of this release. For interested parties, an online information session will be held at 10:30am ET, 7:30am PT, on Wednesday, June 26, 2024. Please click here to register to this information event.

Cristina Palés, Marketing Director of Johan Cruyff Institute, said: “In partnering with League1 Canada, we aim to transform the professional development landscape for Canadian soccer.

“This collaboration underscores our commitment to fostering education and leadership in sport. By equipping players, coaches, and administrators with top-tier academic training and resources, we are not only enhancing their current capabilities but also building a foundation for the future.

“As Canada prepares to host the FIFA World Cup 2026, this partnership is perfectly timed to elevate the standards of soccer across the nation.”

John Gibson, Interim General Manager of League1 Canada, said: “Johan Cruyff Institute is an esteemed global business school that has been providing world-class sports-based education for the last 25 years.

“With this experience in developing sports professionals, this is a fantastic opportunity for League1 Canada players, coaches, and staff – wherever they are in their career journey – to advance their skills, knowledge, and opportunities in sport in this country and around the world.

“We would like to thank Johan Cruyff Institute for providing these exclusive scholarships to the League1 Canada family, and we are looking forward to the information session on June 26 – the next step in empowering the future generations of sports leaders.”

Johan Cruyff Institute and League1 Canada announce the following scholarship opportunities for the upcoming academic year:

Master in Football Business (in partnership with FC Barcelona)
Two (2) Full scholarships available, featuring one week per month of on-campus study, including visits to sports facilities and football clubs in Europe.
Scholarship Value: €20,490 (approximately $30,000 CA)

Master in Sport Business
Two (2) Full scholarships available, delivered in a blended format, with one day per week of on-campus studies in Barcelona.
Scholarship Value: €12,890 (approximately $19,000 CAD)

Master in Sport Business or Master in Football (Soccer) Business – ONLINE ONLY
Five (5) 50% scholarships available, delivered fully online.
Scholarship Value: €4,265 (approximately $6,300 CAD)

Postgraduate degree programs – ONLINE ONLY
Four (4) 50% scholarships available, delivered fully online.
Scholarship Value: €2,320 (approximately $3,400 CAD)

Specialized diplomas – ONLINE ONLY
Four (4) 50% scholarships for specialized online programs.
Scholarship Value: Ranging from €1,160 to €1,574 (approximately $1,700 to $2,300 CAD)

In addition, one hundred (100) 10% scholarships will be offered that can be applied to a variety of online-only courses offered by Johan Cruyff Institute. Scholarship Value: €66.4 to €107.8 (approximately $98 to $159 CAD).

The scholarships cover tuition fees for each program. Accommodation and other expenses, such as travel and seminars, are the responsibility of the student and not covered by the scholarship.

Application Process and Eligibility

Application period: June 18, 2024 to July 20, 2024 (deadline 5:59 p.m. EST, 11:59 CET).

Eligibility criteria:

• Individuals aged 18 and older, of any nationality and residence
• Athletes, coaches, or staff affiliated with League1 Canada clubs
• Contestants cannot be recipients of other scholarships or public/private financial support for the specified courses offered by Johan Cruyff Institute

Selection criteria:

The selection panel, consisting of representatives from both Johan Cruyff Institute and League1 Canada, will evaluate scholarship candidates based on the following criteria:

• CV/Resume
• Motivation Letter
• Application Form

Important links

Information session:
Please click here to sign up to the online information session that will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

Submit application:
Please click here to submit your scholarship application.

Terms and Conditions:
Please click here to download and view the terms and conditions of these scholarships.