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The FPA cooperates with several educational institutions so that Finnish footballers could start studying without the pain of searching for courses during the peak of their careers, or at the latest immediately after their playing careers. All of these educational institutions have taken into account that the season takes a lot of time with all the training and matches.

In addition to normal studies, the study programmes address this by being based often on remote work and other independent studying. Studying is often possible remotely, and studies can also be started without laborious reading for entrance exams.

  • FIFPro Online Academy (Bachelor’s degree) - applications February 2020
  • FIFPro Online Academy (Master’s degree) - applications Spring 2019
  • Vierumäki vocational qualification in sports - applications Spring 2020
  • Haaga-Helia From athlete to entrepreneur - applications continuously
  • SASKY Vocational qualification in business and administration for athletes - applications Spring/Summer 2019
  • University of Jyväskylä, Open University - applications continuously

Are you dreaming of coaching after your career as a player?

  • Football Association of Finland’s UEFA B coach course for top players - applications Autumn 2019
  • Suomen Valmentajat ry’s From athlete to coach - applications Autumn 2019

Mahdollisuus opiskella jalkapallon ohella omalla ajalla auttoi ymmärtämään jalkapalloa bisneksenä. Koulutus innosti valmistelemaan jalkapallouran jälkeisiä vuosia. Opiskeluaika oli antoisaa, koska minulle annettiin vastuu ja vapaus saada opintoja suoritettua. Olen onnellinen ja ylpeä saamastani Bachelor of Sport Management -tutkinnosta ja uskon sen mahdollistavan innostavan työuran tulevaisuudessa.

Mikael Forssell