Football in an Enlarged Europe

  • Helen Symons (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


Governance in European Football. The conference was part of the Football Research in an Enlarged Europe project.
The commercial and political development of football (soccer) in Europe has transformed the relationship between the sport and its fans. At the same time, there is a growing political discourse arguing that football has lost the connection with its supporters, which should be regained by allowing them a greater say in the governance and management of the game - as legitimate stakeholders. However the relationship that supporters have (or might have) with their club and the wider structures of football has only recently become the subject of academic attention, and little is known about how supporters engage with football governance, if indeed they have the desire to. The following questions are at the core of the research presented at the conference:

What does club ownership at football clubs look like across Europe? Specially, which different forms of ‘supporter ownership’ can be found? What are the challenges? Can supporter ownership work alongside other forms?

What do supporters do in relation to football governance? How and why do they get together, both in the physical and virtual spheres? Can fans go beyond traditional club rivalries and work together?

What challenges are faced in the future for the supporter ownership movement, and for football governance in general? What is the current relevance of the European Model of Sport and the European Union’s involvement in sport?

The conference will include an audio-visual exhibition featuring the pictures sent by supporters participating in the project.
PeriodOct 2014
Event typeConference
LocationLoughborough, United KingdomShow on map