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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 →

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 →

Monitoring and Achieving Compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code: Learning from the Implementation of Other International Agreements

By Stacie Gray The scale of the problem that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) faces in terms of eliminating doping in sport was recently highlighted by the exposure of state-sponsored doping in Russia and the series of doping scandals within... Continue Reading →

Respect? An investigation into the experience of referees in association football

We are pleased to share recently published research by Football Collective members, Dr Jamie Cleland, Dr Jimmy O'Gorman and Dr Tom Webb, in The International Review for the Sociology of Sport. This article focuses on the response by 2056 football... 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 →

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.

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 →

Agents and intermediaries in football

We have decided to deliver a bundle of articles from the news and research surrounding key football topics. These do not intend to be an exhaustive list, but will serve to give a nod towards where to start reading. If... Continue Reading →

Sports Agents and Labour Markets: Evidence from World Football

By  Dr Giambattista Rossi  The business of sport agents is completely unregulated, and further, this deregulation is higher than ever before. This is the main finding of a new academic publication investigating the role of the sports agent across the... 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 →

Hillsborough inquest rights the wrongs, but now attitudes towards fans must change

Dr Dave Webber presents his contribution in The Conversation from 27 April 2016 originally poster here. The Hillsborough disaster of April 1989 shook British football to its core, but such was the terrible state of Britain’s decrepit, overcrowded, poorly policed... Continue Reading →

Exploring the backgrounds of UEFA Financial Fair Play

Earlier this month Galatasaray were handed a two-season ban from UEFA competitions after breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. In this instance, the Turkish giants broke the rules on the level of financial loses allowed and the ban also coincided with... Continue Reading →

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