Senior Manager, Medical Services, FIFA World Cup 2026

  • FIFA
  • Miami, FL, USA
  • 24 Feb, 2024
Full time Leadership & Management Medical

Job Description

The FIFA World Cup 26™ will mark the first time that the tournament features 48 teams and will be hosted by three countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

This new format redefines excellence, generating unique opportunities for greater participation and engagement from fans and players in North America and all over the world. Now is your time to be a game changer and join the workforce that is planning and delivering this unique and unforgettable experience.
Reporting organisationally to the US Chief Tournament Officer, the Senior Medical Services Manager will be a key member of the FIFA26 Medical Services team, and work in close collaboration with the Medical Tournament Lead and other key individuals responsible for delivering the medical services designed to provide rapid access to emergency care in time-critical situations by a combination of healthcare professionals and ambulances covering venues, events and participant groups on-site or stationed remotely. 
 
The main responsibilities and oversights of the Senior Medical Services Manager for the FIFA World Cup 26™ include: 
 
  • Formulate the FWC2026 Medical Handbook considering the specificities of the tournament and ensuring standardization across all venues in the three countries (the Handbook will be applicable to test events, too).
  • Develop the FWC2026 Strategy and Medical Plan for key venues (stadiums, hotels, team base camps, training sites, etc.), the tournament and tournament-related events (test events, draws and fan activities) and participant groups (i.e. health concept for PMA teams, VIP guests and Workforce) and the overall management, direction, supervision and provision of all medical services for the FWC2026.
  • Develop and implement the medical command and control structure, including a single point of contact for medical issues at the tournament in general and at each venue.
  • Identify, contract and lead the 16 FIFA Venue Medical Officers local medical teams required for the service delivery during the tournament and any test events.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a dedicated training program for the field-of-play medical teams at all venues in the FIFA Framework for the assessment and extrication of players based on the FIFA Emergency Care Manual.
  • Select, prepare, train and support the 16 FIFA Venue Medical Coordinators leading field-of-play medical services during the tournament at each stadium.
  • Ensure emergency transport (ambulances, air rescue etc.) for PMA teams, Referees, Guests and FIFA Workforce from all tournament-related event sites.
  • Ensure Stadium Authorities and Host Cities meet their obligations in the planning and delivery of medical services to spectators, fans, suppliers, contractors, volunteers and other participants at the stadia, fan fests and other public events, as per FIFA requirements.
  • Ensure Host Cities meet their obligations in the planning and delivery of medical services to all participants at tournament-related events, such as the preliminary draw, draw, FIFA Congress and FIFA Council meetings.
  • Plan, prepare and deliver the Team Doctor Workshop within the Team Workshop organized by Team Services prior to the main tournament
  • Integrate online training resources in their preparation for the tournament.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive medical reporting system across all venues and participant groups using a standardized approach to data collection.
  • Be responsible for the financial planning and budgeting of the tournament medical services based on the scope and requirements.

 

Our requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience, preferably aligned to Medicine
  • Master's Degree is an additional asset
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in international sports medicine and medical services at elite sports events.
  • Organising and directing medical services at major international sports events, ideally FIFA World Cups, in a leading function and with overall responsibility as the event owner.
  • Planning and organising medical services that meet event owner requirements and overseeing their implementation at major international sports events in a leading function as the local organising committee.
  • Development and implementation of elite athlete pathway at international sports medicine hospital.
  • Proven track record in managing complex projects, including pre-event planning, event-time implementation, and post-event analysis.
  • Sound understanding of the FIFA Medical requirements and ability to maintain these standards in different settings.
  • Extensive professional network within the international sports and football medicine community to draw from during project implementation.
  • Longstanding experience in multicultural and multi-professional environments and establishing sound working relationships with people of other cultures and backgrounds.
  • Fluent in English. Spanish and/or French proficiency is a plus
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio & Project) and planning software and online collaboration tools