The forum, which took place at Manchester Central at the end of March, saw an increase in numbers with 1,400 delegates in attendance and 68 exhibitors, representing a 25% increase on last year’s exhibitors.
The event, now in its second year in Manchester, held a series of conference debates and seminars which explored the latest issues in European football. Topics included UEFA’s Financial Fair Play, sponsorship, digital media and fan interaction, International FA development and Olympic football.
Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: "The return of the event provided the opportunity to showcase Manchester to the world’s footballing elite. It is an important opportunity to strengthen our position as a destination capable of staging major international conferences and sporting events."
He added that the Forum has had a local economic impact of just over £1 million. The Soccerex International Convention was established in 1997 and is the world’s only business to business football convention. It has been hosted in a variety of cities including Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Johannesburg, London and Dubai.