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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 →

More than (playing) a game. Engaging disabled people through football.

Accessible stadia at FC Bate Borisov in Belarus, photo courtesy of FC Bate By Dr Paul Kitchin In striving for best practice organisations require benchmarks to improve their performance. Many National Associations and Clubs offer Football for All programmes 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 →

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 →

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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