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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 Registration open - click here. Established in the UK in 2016 'The Football Collective' is a dedicated International network of over 200 academics and... 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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The Homeless World Cup: tackling homelessness, playing football and telling stories

By Fiona Crawford and Lee McGowand   This article was originally published here. All photo credit to Anita Milas.   How a social enterprise uses football and digital media to bring the problems and perceptions of homelessness into play. Homelessness—one of the world’s... Continue Reading →

Fan protest and activism: football ‘from below’ in South-Eastern Europe

By Dario Brentin & Andrew Hodges We are happy to announce the publication of a guest-edited Soccer & Society special issue, which focuses on fan protest, activism and struggles in South-Eastern Europe, with special emphasis on the post-Yugoslav region. It... Continue Reading →

Relative Age Effect in Irish elite youth football

By Laura Finnegan originally published here.  What is it? The relative age effect (RAE) refers to a preference for selecting footballers born earlier in the year, often due to enhanced maturational factors (being bigger, faster, stronger physically but also are often... Continue Reading →

Are women ‘real’ sports fans? The importance of sport for female fans

The original article can be found here at the ESRC website   By Stacey Pope Associate Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University. Her research focuses upon issues of gender inequality and sport and her research expertise is... Continue Reading →

Football, Politics and Popular Culture

Join us for the Football, Politics and Popular Culture conference in Limerick 2017.

The European Game by Dan Fieldsend

Daniel Fieldsend has written his first book penned 'The European Game - An Adventure on the Continent and its Methods for Success. It will be an essential resource for fans and students of the game, offering unique insight into European... Continue Reading →

Call for abstracts: Football, Politics and Popular Culture

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Please share this across you networks and learn more about submitting an abstract here.

Talking Coach Education

Football Collective member Dr Richard Bailey of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education recently completed a contribution to The Talent Equation Podcast, a platform ran by Stuart Armstrong. Take  a listen here. There are some interesting lessons... Continue Reading →

Keynote announced: Dr Simon McKerrell

We are delighted to announce our keynote for our conference in Limerick (November, 2017), Dr Simon McKerrell of Newcastle University. Dr Simon McKerrell has interdisciplinary research interests focused upon the social semiotics and communication of music, belonging, sectarianism and cultural heritage... Continue Reading →

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