& courses.

LCA members are eligible to apply for the LMA Institute’s two formally recognised and accredited qualifications. In partnership with our selected Academic Institutions, the University of Liverpool and Southampton Solent University, both qualifications combine rigorous academic principles with vocationally relevant content and insights.



Running for 19 years, and delivered in partnership with the University of Liverpool and supported by the PFA, the LMA Diploma in Football Management is a formal one-year degree-level accredited course delivered through residential weeks, monthly masterclass sessions, group work and presentations.


The Diploma is designed for practitioners considering or already in professional club management. It provides a bridge between the game’s formal technical qualifications and the leadership and management realities of working in the professional game. Each individual is encouraged to build a set of core leadership and management skills that will support them throughout their career in the game.

Personal & Professional Development

“I’ve always looked to the LCA education programmes to improve myself and my understanding of where the game is going in the future.”
Michael Johnson

Personal & Professional Development

"The levels of professionalism, organisation and compassion on the Diploma are exemplary. It has been a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience."
Tony Docherty

Personal & Professional Development

The LMA diploma was a thoroughly enjoyable 12 months covering many facets of football management and leadership. The learning and experiences I gained throughout the course have without doubt helped my coaching journey to date and will continue to do
Matt Gill

Personal & Professional Development

Thanks for the learning and experiences gained in the Diploma. It's been a highly engaging course with great content. Excited to implement the skills acquired and support my career now and in the future.
Amy Merricks

Personal & Professional Development

The LMA provide a great platform through the course to learn and develop the skills required to be a modern day manager. It's insightful and also a fantastic opportunity to meet some likeminded and talented people aspiring to progress in the game.
Tony Carss

Wellbeing & Healthcare

"My Healthcare assessment was in line with my experiences of the LCA. Very organized, detailed and professional. I will certainly be doing this regularly and highly recommend everyone to do so."
Leanne Hall

Legal & Employment

“Having access to an expert legal team, specialised in managers and coaches contracts, has been invaluable to me throughout my career, both when joining and leaving a club, giving me peace of mind to focus on my own role.”
Chris Doig



The LMA Certificate in Professional Sport Management and Administration is now in its twenty second year. Delivered by the Global Institute of Sport (GIS) and the League Administrators Association (LAA), the course is equivalent to a first year business degree and credits earned can be transferred to other accredited educational courses.


The course is designed to provide a grounding in the key area of focus for current and future football executives and administrators.

It comprises 6 two-day modules.

Football Administration and Regulation
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Football
Football Finance
Football and the Law
Football and the Media
Human Resouurces management (HRM) in Football
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