This book is a fascinating journey through a series of scholarly articles. The journey begins by tracing one of the most significant stories in the popularization of Association Football. In the next leg of the journey it charts the diverse and changing face of the modern British game. It then moves on to the global spread of the game from England and its domestication and appropriation in its new homes across the planet. It also investigates the exchanges which are increasingly taking place between these new homes of football. In the concluding pieces football’s global experience is compared with the attempts at globalizing baseball and drawing out the larger patterns that inform football’s global experience.

This book was published as a special issue in Soccer and Society.

chapter 1|3 pages


chapter 2|19 pages

Missing men

Schoolmasters and the early years of Association Football

chapter 3|9 pages

Exploring the sport spectator experience

Virtual football spectatorship in the pub 1

chapter 4|17 pages

‘No systematic doping in football'

A critical review

chapter 5|16 pages

Tackling the anxieties of the English

Searching for the nation through football

chapter 6|13 pages

Soccer in the USA

‘Holding out for a Hero'?

chapter 8|14 pages

Stanley Rous's ‘Own Goal'

Football Politics, South Africa and the Contest for the FIFA Presidency in 1974

chapter 9|13 pages

‘Feeble Bengalis' and ‘big Africans'

African players in Bengaliclub football

chapter 10|14 pages

Ghati-Bangal on the Maidan

Subregionalism, club rivalry and fan culture in Indian football

chapter 11|12 pages

Globalizing sport

Assessing the World Baseball Classic

chapter 12|3 pages


Global Football