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#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 →

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 →

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 →

MUST Submission: Football and Corporate Governance Reform

Duncan Drasdo, the CEO of MUST - the Manchester United supporters' trust shares their submission to the government on Football Governance, via the Corporate Governance reform consultation (which is separate to the Football reform consultation). Shared 17 February 2017. Please see below Introduction... Continue Reading →

Gabon 2017 – The Cup of African Nations

By Dr Joel Rookwood - @JoelRookwood The Cup of African Nations has been staged at fluctuating intervals since its inception in 1957, from an annual to quadrennial basis, across 19 different states. CAF – the Confederation of African football –... Continue Reading →

Building International Relationships through Social Media Marketing: A Netnography of Football Communities

Alex Fenton - Building International Relationships through Social Media Marketing: A Netnography of Football Communities. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Mark Panton provides details some insight on his research: How do stakeholders influence stadium-led regeneration? The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Supporter ownership: The way forward or a missed opportunity?

  Insights from Richard Irving on his research: Supporter ownership: The way forward or a missed opportunity? The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Our Chair at the Future Football conference, Professor Jean Williams offers an insight into her research, Football by design: World Cup posters 1930-2014. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

The Balotelli Generation: What is means for Italian football and society

Dr Max Mauro talks about his research in his presentation titled: The Balotelli Generation: What is means for Italian football and society. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Political economy and football formation: Toward a labour process analysis of the work of footballers

Gavin Maclean of Edinburgh Napier University presents his research on Political economy and football formation: Toward a labour process analysis of the work of footballers. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

The Fans are revolting: Football, fan protest movements and the press.

Dr Jonathan Cable of Cardiff University presents his research: The Fans are revolting: Football, fan protest movements and the press. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Alex Culvin – Elite Female Football in England: How ‘do’ they do it?

PhD student and applied researcher Alex Culvin provides insight into her future research on elite female football in England. The presentation was titled: Elite Female Football in England: How 'do' they do it?  University of Central Lancashire The event was held... Continue Reading →

Ellie Whittaker – A critical evaluation of the elite player performance programme (EPPP)

Ellie Whittaker presents her post graduate research offering an insight into elite football contexts through her presentation:  "We're trying to create normal people in a world that wants aliens": A critical evaluation of the elite player performance programme (EPPP). The event... Continue Reading →

Film: Mike Green – European Football Journal

Mike Green from Hartpury College presents insight into the European Football Journal. The journal is set to host its first event at St Georges Park on 4 May 2017. Book on the event here. The event was held at FC... Continue Reading →

Film: Dr Giambattista Rossi from Birkbeck University presents Sports Agents and Labour Markets: Evidence from World Football

Dr Giambattista Rossi from Birkbeck University presents Sports Agents and Labour Markets: Evidence from World Football. Giambattista's book Sports Agents and Labour Markets: Evidence from World Football (Routledge Research in Sport Business and Management) can be found here. The event was held... Continue Reading →

The Politics of the Poppy Ban

By Dr Danny Fitzpatrick @DFitz_Politics Despite appeals from the respective football associations of England and Scotland, FIFA has refused to allow players of both teams to display poppies on their shirts during the World Cup qualifier at Wembley tonight. The... Continue Reading →

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