Soccer is the world’s most valuable sport, generating bigger revenues, as well as being watched and played by more people, than any other. It is virtually impossible to understand the business of sport without understanding the football industry. This book surveys contemporary football in unparalleled breadth and depth.

Presenting critical insights from world-leading football scholars and introducing football’s key organisations, leagues and emerging nations, it explores key themes from governance and law to strategy and finance, as well as cutting edge topics such as analytics, digital media and the women’s game.

This is essential reading for all students, researchers and practitioners working in football, sport business, sport management or mainstream business and management.

chapter Chapter 4|11 pages

Structures and policies at the main European football leagues

Evolution and recent changes

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Football law

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

Football and marketing

chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

Digital and social media

chapter Chapter 10|17 pages

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in football

Exploring modes of CSR implementation

chapter Chapter 11|13 pages

Agents and intermediaries

chapter Chapter 13|16 pages

The sporting director

Exploring current practice and challenges within elite football

chapter Chapter 14|15 pages

Strategic management in football organisations

chapter Chapter 15|13 pages

Finance and accounting in football

chapter Chapter 17|11 pages

Venue management in football

chapter Chapter 18|12 pages

Human resource management in football

chapter Chapter 19|14 pages

Fans, spectators, consumers in football

chapter Chapter 20|12 pages

Sports business analytics

The past, the present and the future

chapter Chapter 22|9 pages

Football, networks, and relationships

chapter Chapter 23|12 pages

Leveraging football events

chapter Chapter 25|11 pages

Value management in football

A framework to develop and analyse competitive advantage

chapter Chapter 27|17 pages

Risk and crisis management

chapter Chapter 28|15 pages

Women and football

chapter Chapter 29|10 pages

Managing match officials

The influence of business and the impact of finance in an era of Premier League dominance

chapter Chapter 31|12 pages

Talent management

chapter Chapter 32|12 pages

Retailing in the football industry

chapter Chapter 34|18 pages


chapter Chapter 35|18 pages


chapter Chapter 36|14 pages


South American Confederation of Football

chapter Chapter 37|12 pages

Asian Football Confederation

chapter Chapter 38|12 pages

Confederation of African Football

chapter Chapter 39|14 pages


chapter Chapter 40|11 pages

Oceania Football Confederation

chapter Chapter 41|17 pages

Football in China

chapter Chapter 44|10 pages

Football in Turkey

chapter Chapter 45|13 pages

Management of football in India

chapter Chapter 46|11 pages

Soccer in the United States