Football is unquestionably the world’s most popular and influential sport. There is no corner of the globe in which the game is not played or followed. More countries are affiliated to FIFA, football’s governing body, than to the United Nations. The sport has therefore become an important component of our social, cultural, political and economic life. The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies is a landmark work of reference, going further than any other book in considering the historical and contemporary significance of football around the world.

Written by a team of leading sport scholars, the book covers a broad range of disciplines from history, sociology, politics and business, to philosophy, law and media studies. The central section of the book examines key themes and issues in football studies, such as the World Cup and international competition, governance and ownership, fandom and celebrity. The concluding section offers in-depth surveys of the culture and organisation of football in each of the regional confederations, from UEFA to CONCACAF.

This book will be fascinating reading for any serious football fan and an essential resource for advanced students or scholars undertaking research in football or sport studies, and any practitioner or policy-maker working in football.

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ByJohn Hughson

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PART I History

chapter 1|11 pages

History and football

ByMatthew Taylor

chapter 3|10 pages

Association and rugby football: two codes, one historiography

ByTony Collins

chapter 5|13 pages

The Football Trust as a mechanism of industry change

ByGeoff ery Z. Kohe

chapter 6|11 pages

Football and gambling

ByMike Huggins

chapter 7|12 pages

Football and heritage

ByKevin Moore

chapter 8|11 pages

Football and museums

ByKevin Moore

part |2 pages

PART II Organisation

chapter 9|12 pages

Football and governance

ByBorja García

chapter 10|13 pages

Football sponsorship

ByAnna Semens

chapter 11|14 pages

Football and international social development

ByJimmy O’Gorman and Joel Rookwood

chapter 12|13 pages

Women’s elite football

ByCarrie Dunn, Joanna Welford

chapter 13|12 pages

Football-related migrations

ByGyozo Molnar, Christopher Faulkner

chapter 14|14 pages

Football, economics and nance

ByStephen Morrow

part |2 pages

PART III Media and culture

chapter 15|10 pages

Football and media matters

ByRaymond Boyle

chapter 17|12 pages

Football and stardom: on context, intertextuality and re exivity

ByDavid L. Andrews, Bryan C. Clift

chapter 18|10 pages

Football fandom: and post-subculture

BySteve Redhead

chapter 19|14 pages

Football and its ction

ByLee McGowan

chapter 20|9 pages

The aesthetics in football: the beautiful game?

ByStephen Mumford

chapter 21|10 pages

Football and philosophy

BySteff en Borge and Mike McNamee

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PART IV Society

chapter 22|11 pages

Gender and football: gendering the eld of play

ByKath Woodward

chapter 23|11 pages

‘Race’, racism and football

ByKevin Hylton

chapter 24|14 pages

Disability and football

ByMartin Atherton, Jess Macbeth

chapter 25|11 pages

Football and national identity

ByAnthony King

chapter 26|10 pages

Football and misogyny

ByJayne Caudwell

chapter 27|11 pages

Homophobia in men’s football

ByRory Magrath, Eric Anderson

chapter 28|11 pages

Female fans of men’s football

ByStacey Pope

chapter 29|12 pages

Democracy and supporter ownership

ByMark Doidge

chapter 30|16 pages

Social network analysis: towards an approach for football studies

ByPaul Widdop, Mike Collins

chapter 31|11 pages

Football hooliganism

ByRamón Spaaij, Alberto Testa

part |2 pages

PART V Regions

chapter 32|11 pages

FIFA and the World Cup

ByJohn Hughson

chapter 33|14 pages

Football in South Asia

ByKausik Bandyopadhyay

chapter 34|10 pages

Football in West Asia

ByMahfoud Amara

chapter 35|11 pages

The East Asian Football Federation/Asian Football Confederation

ByJohn Horne, Wolfram Manzenreiter

chapter 36|11 pages

Confederation of African Football

ByMarc Fletcher

chapter 37|11 pages

Football in Europe: apolitical UEFA plays politics with football

ByChristos Kassimeris

chapter 38|12 pages

Oceania: football at the Paci c periphery

ByMark Falcous

chapter 39|11 pages

Football in Latin America: a recent eld, a research agenda in the making

ByPablo Alabarces, Verónica Moreira

chapter 40|11 pages

Football in North America

ByCharles Parrish, John Nauright