Routledge Handbook of Football Studies
Football, or soccer, 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 – indeed, more countries are affiliated to FIFA, football’s governing body, than to the United Nations – and it has therefore become a significant component of our international social, cultural, political and economic life. The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies is a landmark work of reference, going further and deeper than any other book in considering the historical and contemporary significance of football around the world.
Written by a team of leading international sport studies scholars with particular research interests in football, the book covers an impressively 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, celebrity, and the historical links between soccer and other football codes. A concluding section offers in-depth surveys of the history and contemporary culture and organisation of football in each of the regional confederations, from UEFA to CONCACAF.
The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies is an essential tool for any advanced student or scholar undertaking social scientific research in football or sport studies, or any practitioner, administrator or policy-maker working in football, and is a fascinating read for any serious football fan.