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Host City Rights Manager, FIFA World Cup 2026


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Posting Date

Aug 22, 2023

Role description

At FIFA World Cup 2026, our vision is to unite the world through the greatest, most innovative and inclusive sporting event of all time.The 2026 World Cup will mark the first time that the tournament will be hosted by three countries: the USA, Canada, and Mexico. This new format redefines excellence; generating unique opportunities for greater participation and engagement from fans and players. Now is your time to be part of the workforce that is creating this unique and unforgettable experience.Sitting within the Commercial Department, Host City Rights Management (along with Brand, Commercial Rights Delivery, Partnerships integration, Licensing and Retail, and FIFA Fan Festival) aims to deliver the most engaging, innovative, and accessible World Cup experience for all athletes, fans, partners, and the community.The Manager for Host City Rights Management will be responsible for ensuring all rights granted by FIFA to Host Cities are executed and managed accordingly. The role will work in close collaboration with those responsible for Commercial Rights Delivery, Partnership Integration, Brand, Licensing Retail, and the FIFA Fan Festival for the FIFA World Cup 2026 that for the first time ever, is hosting 48 teams and 1,200+ players across 3 countries and 16 venues. This role will act as the main point of contact and liaison between FWC26, Host Cities, the FIFA Partnership and Media teams and Sponsors.The main responsibilities of the Manager for Host City Rights Management for the FIFA World Cup 2026 include:

Working with Host Cities and their sponsors, ensure all contractual obligations are met through effective coordination and successful implementation of Host City commercial activities
Manage the rights delivery through the day-to-day Host City commercial activities ensuring all commercial partners deliver onsite within the parameters agreed and approved by FIFA
Working with Brand, ensure all branding opportunities are placed accurately with the right commercial affiliates across all Host City activations
Work with Host Cities and Stadiums to build commercial activations and assist on securing local supporters / fundraising and facilitate approval by FIFA on any commercial rights to be granted to or by Host Cities and Stadiums    
Ensure that any Official Host City Supporter deals are contracted by and signed off by FIFA
Ensure that FIFA rights and assets are leveraged correctly and work with FIFA Marketing - Host Committees to build auxiliary events and revenue opportunities
Manage the operational relationships of Host Cities and Sponsors to ensure efficient and seamless delivery
Establish and manage the administration of working groups with all stakeholders establishing mechanisms to manage and resolve issues

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