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The Football Collective Annual Conference 2017

  2017 Annual Conference of The Football Collective to be held at the University of Limerick Established in the UK in 2016 'The Football Collective' is a dedicated International network of over 200 academics and practitioners across a range of... Continue Reading →

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Positive future for football research in 2017

As we draw close to 12-months since the formal development of The Football Collective we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member and those supporting and engaging with football research via the platform. We are looking... Continue Reading →

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Football Fans, Rivalry and Cooperation

Edited by Christian Brandt, Fabian Hertel, Sean Huddleston About the Book, which can be accessed here. Football is undoubtedly the sport with the largest following in the world, attracting billions of fans across the globe. These fans play an integral... Continue Reading →

PhD opportunity: Women in a ‘Man’s World’: A Study of Women Working in Leadership Positions in Men’s Professional Football in England

Durham University PhD Studentship in Partnership with the National Football Museum: Women in a ‘Man’s World’: A Study of Women Working in Leadership Positions in Men’s Professional Football in England. This is an excellent, fully funded PhD opportunity with Dr... Continue Reading →

Where do you find a Sporting Director?

By Dr Dan Parnell and Dr Paul Widdop Where do you find a Sporting Director in football?  We have seen a growing media lens and attention given to the Sporting Director role in football (or Director of Football, Technical Director,... Continue Reading →

New: Referee and Match Official Research Network

As a means of pulling together various strands of research that focus on the role of the referee and match official in football, as well as other sports, Dr Tom Webb has recently convened the Referee and Match Official Research... Continue Reading →

Innovation in Digital Sport

Innovation is something we hear a lot about in football at the moment. It might be Manchester United being hailed as leading the way when it comes to digital and commercially innovative by The Independent. Or local rivals Manchester City... Continue Reading →

CALL FOR PAPERS ‘Regionalism and Nationalism in Contemporary International Sport’

The first International Conference of the joint PSA/ In  the Zone Sport and Politics Consultancy will take place at the University of Vic in Catalonia in Partnership with Southampton Solent University, England on Thursday, June 29th and Friday, June 30th... Continue Reading →

Theorising Legal Responses to the Trafficking of Child Footballers from West Africa to Europe

By Eleanor Drywood   This paper interrogates legal responses to trafficking-like practices around the recruitment of young footballers from developing regions of the world to Europe’s professional football leagues, arguing that an approach which focuses to a greater extent on the... Continue Reading →

Football and its shifting global powerbase

Call for papers: Football and its shifting global powerbase. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal  Guest Editors: Dr Paul Widdop, Leeds Beckett University, UK Professor Simon Chadwick, University of Salford, UK Dr Dan Parnell, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK In... Continue Reading →

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