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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.

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