Top 5 Football Speakers for Virtual Events in 2024

In 2024, the focus of many virtual events will be mental health, racial equality and motivating struggling employees. There are few speakers more equipped to discuss such vital topics than footballers, who have each experienced the importance of accessible, progressive support in the face of discrimination.


Virtual events are key for remote employees to grow and develop alongside their office-based colleagues. Our football motivational speakers are leading experts on peak performance and professional development, making them the perfect additions to corporate workshops.

Check out our top pick of online football speakers below, then contact a booking agent to receive your free quote.

Viv Anderson

Former England footballer, Viv Anderson, was the first Black player to compete on an international level for the England National Team. He also played for Nottingham Forest from 1974 to 1984, during which he made 328 appearances and scored 15 goals. Viv was subjected to racism during his time on the pitch, an experience that now drives his speeches on racial equality and discrimination in sport.

Steve Hodge

Star of Nottingham Forest and former England player, Steve Hodge is the perfect speaker for virtual events. Steve can discuss his thoughts on such defining players as Maradona and share his favourite memories from his international career with captivated viewers. As a virtual after dinner speaker, guests will receive a behind the scenes view into football’s most iconic moments.

Karen Carney

From being named the FA Young Player of the Year twice to suffering with her mental health, Karen Carney has experienced the highs and lows of professional competing first-hand. During her career, Karen was a key player in the England Women’s team, and even won a Bronze medal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. She is an incredibly down to earth speaker, so will easily relate to audiences at virtual events as she shares her powerful story.

Alan Curbishley

Talented footballer and former Charlton and West Ham manager, Alan Curbishley, continues to enjoy a long and successful career in football. In 2013, he joined Fulham as their Technical Director before being named their Coaching Staff in 2015, a testament to Alan’s leadership qualities. At virtual events, he teaches viewers the skills needed to manage a team to success, influenced by his vast pitch side experience.

John Barnes

Internationally renowned England footballer with 79 caps to his name, John Barnes is an icon of the sport. He was highly regarded for his goal-scoring ability, but with such recognition drew racist abuse from some “fans”, who sought to challenge John’s identity as a Black athlete. In 2019, he appeared on Question Time to discuss discrimination in society, a key topic of his virtual speaking engagements.

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