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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 →

Innovation in Digital Sport

Innovation is something we hear a lot about in football at the moment. It might be Manchester United being hailed as leading the way when it comes to digital and commercially innovative by The Independent. Or local rivals Manchester City... Continue Reading →

CALL FOR PAPERS ‘Regionalism and Nationalism in Contemporary International Sport’

The first International Conference of the joint PSA/ In  the Zone Sport and Politics Consultancy will take place at the University of Vic in Catalonia in Partnership with Southampton Solent University, England on Thursday, June 29th and Friday, June 30th... 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 →

Football and its shifting global powerbase

Call for papers: Football and its shifting global powerbase. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal  Guest Editors: Dr Paul Widdop, Leeds Beckett University, UK Professor Simon Chadwick, University of Salford, UK Dr Dan Parnell, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK In... Continue Reading →

Football Broadcasting in the UK: Paywalls and Eyeballs

By Jonathan Cable, Cardiff University On the 8 March 2017 BT Sport broadcast the greatest come back in Champions League history. Barcelona versus PSG witnessed the first time a team managed to overcome a four goal deficit. In the days surrounding... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Job Alert: Senior Researcher

Location: Manchester Salary: Up to £45,000 (D.O.E) plus excellent benefits package Hours: Full Time Contract Type: Permanent   As a leading social research company specialising in sport, community and youth sectors, Substance is seeking a new member for its successful... 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 →

Sport EU Conference

On behalf of Football Collective member, Dr Christos Anagnostopoulos, we are pleased to share details on the forthcoming Sport & EU conference. The conference is a sport based conference, but will feature football throughout.  For the first time ever, the... Continue Reading →

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