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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 →

#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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The Feminization of Sports Fandom: A Sociological Study – new book publication

By Stacey Pope Watching professional sport is important for women for so many reasons, but their expectations and experiences have been largely ignored in sociological work to date. Most studies focus exclusively on male football fans and are typically focused... 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.

Anni Peki – Football Fans as Social Activists and Good Citizens

Anni Peki offers us an insight into her PhD research on Football Fans as Social Activists and Good Citizens. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

Social media and international fans

By Alex Fenton Over the last couple of years, I’ve been using digital tools to analyse and interview football fans from all over the world to ask them about their experiences. This is part of my PhD research into online football communities.... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Fans

By Paul Kitchin Ulster University On the 16th of January the Culture, Media and Sports Committee published their 5th report in this sitting on the Accessibility of Sport Stadia.  In this post this report is briefly summarised and the implications... Continue Reading →

Football Fandom

Alison Bambridge and Jack Bullock present their research on Football Fandom. 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.

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.

Safe Standing Bundle

As the safe standing campaign seems to gather momentum across the UK football scene, we thought a bundle of recent news articles might assist interested parties. Currently research and academic work is lacking from the bundle as it such a... Continue Reading →

“We love to hate them!”

How and why social media-based anti-brand communities build around professional football teams and how this affects the team, its sponsors, and the sport itself Dr Bastian Popp (Leeds Beckett University) describes his recent article with colleagues, titled: We love to... 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 →

‘Punk Football’ in Florence – The rise of the fan*

By Leslie Crang ‘Punk football’ as noted by Keoghan (2014) is ‘to unite the collective strength of the supporters to raise as much money as they could to help the [football] club out financially.’ Although, Jim Keoghan’s book ‘Punk Football:... Continue Reading →

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