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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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Parents in youth football- Potentially ‘Pushy’, always Pivotal.

By Dr Laura Finnegan (originally published here)   Damien Duff hit the headlines in Ireland recently saying that the biggest difficulty with coaching in underage football is dealing with ‘pushy parents’. This might be true but the reality is that... Continue Reading →

Handbook of Sport and Masculinity – Call for Chapters

Call for Chapters - from Football Collective members Handbook of Sport and Masculinity The past two decades have seen a significant transformation of Western masculinities. Much of the research on the relationship between sport and masculinity in the 20th century... Continue Reading →

Routledge Book Series, Critical Research in Football

We are very pleased to announce a very exciting opportunity for football scholars involved in all aspects of the game. Routledge have signed off a new book series on Critical Research in Football led by Football Collective members.  Dr Peter Millward, Dr... Continue Reading →

Join Trans-European Research Project on National Football Teams and Associations

By Paul Huiszoon Studies of football fans’ attitudes and behaviours often focus on teams or leagues. This research adds national football associations to the mix. Beside the factors that might influence fan engagement towards the team, this study additionally investigates how... Continue Reading →

More than (playing) a game. Engaging disabled people through football.

Accessible stadia at FC Bate Borisov in Belarus, photo courtesy of FC Bate By Dr Paul Kitchin In striving for best practice organisations require benchmarks to improve their performance. Many National Associations and Clubs offer Football for All programmes and... Continue Reading →

#Sky25 – Sky Sports as a Disruptive Technology – And is Sky being disrupted?

By Leslie Crang The first goal of this brave new era, though, was not scored by one of the ultra-elite. It was scored by a team whose presence among the then 22 runaways was something rather remarkable in itself and... Continue Reading →

Where you are born matters for football development

By Laura Finnegan - originally published here. I’m from Louth, with a passion for sport. Despite (or because of!) this I had never seen a game of hurling until I was a wide-eyed 17 year old leaving home for college... Continue Reading →

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 →

Keynote announced: Dr Mark Doidge

We are delighted to share some insight into our first keynote, Dr Mark Doidge of the University of Brighton, UK.  Dr. Mark Doidge is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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