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.