Cisco is proud to be the Official Technology Partner for five City Football Group clubs -- Manchester City, New York City FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F. Marinos and Sichuan Jiuniu FC – as well as the women’s teams of Manchester City and Melbourne City FC. In addition, Cisco’s industry-leading video conferencing solution Webex serves as the Official Collaboration Solution for these teams.
Through the partnership, CFG leverages Cisco’s networking and collaboration technologies to enhance the operations of each club and create innovative ways to forge new opportunities for connection through technology.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Cisco and Manchester City have worked together to create new ways for fans to connect with the team, even though they cannot attend matches in person. To celebrate the final game of the Premier League season, Manchester City and Cisco unveiled a fan-led rendition of the team anthem Blue Moon, which was recorded and facilitated via Cisco Webex.
In the midst of a season unlike any other, Cisco’s technology has helped City Football Group’s teams around the world connect on a daily basis. From connecting fans in town hall meetings for New York City FC to providing a platform for remote training sessions during quarantine, the partnership continues to create on new and innovative ways to enable the City Football Group family to connect players, fans and future leaders in the sport. Notably, Cisco Webex was used to connect players and fans across multiple clubs during the quarantine months to help lift the spirits of some of those most vulnerable or on the frontline. Cisco helped to facilitate such sessions for more than 75 fans around the world, bringing a bit of levity and laughter during a difficult time.
As part of its ambition to positively impact the lives of one billion people by 2025, Cisco is also a key supporter of Cityzens Giving, the Group’s global initiative to empower young leaders in cities around the world to tackle social issues through the power of football. This year, the club’s annual Cityzen’s Giving Young Leaders Summit was held virtually for the first time ever, bringing together 250 Young Leaders from 23 cities around the world via Cisco Webex for a week of digitally delivered training sessions, valuable discussions and fun collaboration.