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Call for female coaches to participate in research

Would you know female coaches would match the critieria for a study? You or they must: - Be over 18 - Hold a coaching qualification - Hold an accreditation in talent development if this accreditation exist in your sport (e.g.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

‘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 →

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 →

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 →

Football Science Seminar at University of Southern Denmark, Odense

Professor Peter Krustrup recently hosted a football science seminar – surrounding Football Fitness and Elite Level Football at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. The event was to celebrate Peters appointment as Professor of Sport and Health Sciences and Head of Football... Continue Reading →

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.

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 →

….this months forgotten news

By Paul Kitchin Amid the furore over greed in the beautiful game, the fact that nearly 1/3 of Premier League clubs are expected to fail to meet a ‘Pledge’ they made to disabled fans gets lost in the old news... Continue Reading →

‘The other World Cup: Football across borders’ film announced for Future Football conference

We are delighted to announced the Future Football: a design for life, conference will feature a new film by Dr Joel Rookwood. An overview of the film is provided below and will no-doubt be a highlight of the day and... Continue Reading →

If the Britain of today was a football club

By Joel Rookwood  The football club you have supported all your life has become increasingly polarised, in terms of how it is run and how the supporters relate to it. A few seasons ago the club were considered by some... Continue Reading →

World Cup 2022 and Qatar’s construction projects: Relational power in networks and relational responsibilities to migrant workers

By Pete Millward In “World Cup 2022 and Qatar’s construction projects: Relational power in networks and relational responsibilities to migrant workers,” Peter Millward (Liverpool John Moores University, UK) explores the relational power and responsibilities to migrant workers on physical infrastructure projects... Continue Reading →

Tackling mental health through football

In the UK, professional football clubs are being used as settings for the delivery of interventions that promote mental health in a number of ways including; (I) the delivery of physical activity interventions to improve the mental health of the... Continue Reading →

Football for good

On International Day for Sport Development and Peace colleagues of The Football Collective reflect on their experiences. By Dr Daniel Parnell, Dr Pedro Pablo Cardoso Castro and Dr Alexander Cardenas For the past two-years we have been fortunate enough to travel and work with colleagues in... Continue Reading →

WWII remembrance, rituals and political extremism in Croatian football – The case of “Za dom spremni”

By Dario Brentin Last week most European national football teams played a number of friendly international games as part of their preparations for the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France. One game in particularly within this cycle stood out from... Continue Reading →

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