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The Football Collective

Bringing critical debate to our game

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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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 →

Football Broadcasting in the UK: Paywalls and Eyeballs

By Jonathan Cable, Cardiff University On the 8 March 2017 BT Sport broadcast the greatest come back in Champions League history. Barcelona versus PSG witnessed the first time a team managed to overcome a four goal deficit. In the days surrounding... Continue Reading →

‘90-minute patriots’ and contemporary Scottish politics: exploring the nature of unionism, nationalism and political support amongst Scottish football supporters

By Stuart Whigham   The prospect of Scottish independence has remained a salient issue within the domain of Scottish and British politics, despite the failure of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) to achieve sufficient electoral support for the proposition... Continue Reading →

Monitoring and Achieving Compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code: Learning from the Implementation of Other International Agreements

By Stacie Gray The scale of the problem that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) faces in terms of eliminating doping in sport was recently highlighted by the exposure of state-sponsored doping in Russia and the series of doping scandals within... Continue Reading →

The Sarajevo Derby: The Documentary

By Dr Joel Rookwood My latest documentary is based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on one of the most atmospheric football derbies in Europe, contested in one of the most absorbing cities on the continent. The Sarajevo Derby is a film... Continue Reading →

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