Sporting director

A sporting director, or director of sport, is an executive management position in a sports club. The role is well known as a manager role for European football clubs, which are sometime also "sports clubs" offering many types of sports. The sporting director is, in many cases, a member of the executive board and therefore an executive director.[1]

The sporting director is usually directly subordinate to the CEO or the chairman of the sports organization.

Leonardo, former director of football at Paris Saint-Germain

A director of football (sometimes called a sporting director) is a senior management figure at an association football team most commonly in Europe.


  1. ^ Parnell, Daniel. "A note to CEOs and Boards on the recruitment of a Sporting Director. The Football Collective" (PDF). Manchester Metropolitan University. Retrieved 21 May 2022.