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Handbook of Sport and Masculinity – Call for Chapters

Call for Chapters - from Football Collective members Handbook of Sport and Masculinity The past two decades have seen a significant transformation of Western masculinities. Much of the research on the relationship between sport and masculinity in the 20th century... 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 →

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 →

Keynote announced: Dr Simon McKerrell

We are delighted to announce our keynote for our conference in Limerick (November, 2017), Dr Simon McKerrell of Newcastle University. Dr Simon McKerrell has interdisciplinary research interests focused upon the social semiotics and communication of music, belonging, sectarianism and cultural heritage... Continue Reading →

Keynote announced: Dr Mark Doidge

We are delighted to share some insight into our first keynote, Dr Mark Doidge of the University of Brighton, UK.  Dr. Mark Doidge is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton.... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Women into Coaching: Are You Sure?

In this post, Dr Colin Lewis introduces a new chapter: Women into Coaching: Are You Sure? in the recently published: Sport and Discrimination Book (2017) (Routledge) Dr Colin Lewis, Dr Simon Roberts and Dr Hazel Andrews Chapter Overview Presently, there... Continue Reading →

Building social inclusion through football: The case of Diversity City FC

Dr James Carr made the trip across the Irish Sea to present his research on: Building social inclusion through football: The case of Diversity City FC. The event was held at FC United’s Broadhurst Park on 30th November 2016.

A Sociology of Football in a Global Context

'A Sociology of Football in a Global Context' by Dr Jamie Cleland, published by Routledge is now available in paperback should you feel it would have some value to your courses/modules. Here is the link to the book. About the Book Association... Continue Reading →

New study blows whistle on home advantage

Higher standards in football refereeing have brought about an unexpected change – the end of the home advantage. According to new research, football in the UK has changed beyond recognition in the last few decades and home advantage has been steadily... Continue Reading →

A networked view of the international mobility of minors in football

By Alex Bond, Paul Widdop and Dan Parnell The recent CIES Football Observatory Monthly Report investigated the international mobility of minors in football. The findings suggest a trading or mobility network of under 18yr old male athletes. However, they do... 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.

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.

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 →

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 →

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 →

….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 →

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