Manchester Metropolitan University

The Centre for the Study of Football
and its Communities

The Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities

Manchester Metropolitan University Football Cluster was established in 2012 following the first annual Football and its Communities conference. The cluster has since been renamed as Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities (CSFC).

The conference was developed as part of the 2011-2012 Annual Research Programme for the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences Research (IHSSR). The theme for the wider Research Programme was ‘Community’ and it comprised a series of twelve events around facilitating, sustaining and engaging with our local communities.

The Football and its Communities conference held on the 1st June 2012 brought together a broad and interdisciplinary research group within MMU itself and from further afield with a wide range of research interests: focusing on the game itself, fans, football governance, sustainability and fan engagement. The interdisciplinary emphasis was similarly reflected in the audience with a mix of academics, practitioners and fans. An edited collection of the papers from the conference is available from Inter-Disciplinary Press.

The CSFC umbrella is home to an inter-disciplinary network of researchers from across faculties and academic disciplines. Currently there are researchers from Human Geography, Architecture, Sports Management, Business, History, Politics & Philosophy, Languages, Sociology and Information & Communications.

CSFC also brings together an inter-disciplinary network of researchers across the North of England with links to researchers in University of Derby, University of Liverpool & Durham University.

CSFC is also internationally recognized following the successful conference in Sydney in February 2013.

Key activities: Interdisciplinary Football Research, Conferences, One Day Short Courses, Consultancy.






Fare Project

The Centre has successfully bid for a grant from FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) to work on a project called ‘Positive Inclusion of Migrant Communities in and through Football’. The overall aim is to create a toolkit to help clubs create inclusive policies for migrant communities.

We have been awarded £1200 by FARE to run a round table event, which will involve stakeholders and experts in football, migration, and race relations. This will take place on October 22nd. The round table event will be followed by a period of consultancy in major UK cities including London, Manchester and Glasgow.

CSFC will launch a Football Club Toolkit based on the work of this project in Autumn 2015.

Project Match-up

Are you looking for partners or collaborators for football-related research projects?

Send us details of the project and the kind of collaboration you are looking for, and we will open it out to our network of researchers and associate members.

Details will be kept private and are only available to our members.

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