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The FIFA Women's World Cup and Social Network Analysis

The first semi-final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France saw the reigning champions, United States of America, clash with England’s lionesses.

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Football Club Community Trusts Tackling Global Health Issues Locally

While the nation is gripped with following the Women’s World Cup, it is important to remember that the work of football extends from global competitive events to global challenges including health and wellbeing.

Leeds Beckett University Dr Zoe Rutherford
Leeds Beckett University Dr Andy Pringle
Leeds Beckett University Dr Stephen Zwolinsky
Leeds Beckett University Dr Nicky Kime
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Thinking sociologically when comparing women's and men's football

In the build up to any major women’s football tournament, popular debate often inevitably turns to comparative discussion of women’s abilities in the context of their male counterparts.


Against the Run of Play: An Investigation into Women Footballer's Negotiation of Gender

The 2019 Women’s World Cup showcases the growing interest in women’s football, with over 6 million people watching England play against Scotland and Cameroon.


Demanding more from match analysis in the women's game

As a football fan, it is hard not to get excited about a World Cup, and this Women’s World Cup has certainly been a fascinating event to follow.

 Alice Harkness-Armstrong
Women Footballers

From France 2019 to 'Monday Night footy'

Football – ‘the beautiful game’ – should be a sport everyone can play and enjoy.

Women doing football training session

It's not about flooding the market but building a pipeline

It’s not about flooding the market but building a pipeline: Improving gender diversity in football coaching workforces.

Leanne Norman Dr Leanne Norman
 Marina McGoldrick (ORD Consultants)
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Look How Far We've Come?

As we enter the final stages of the World Cup 2019 it is worth spending some time reflecting on how far the women’s game has come.


A Global South View on the Copa Libertadores Final in Madrid

It was bad enough that Boca Juniors’ players were violently attacked by River Plate fans as they drove to the stadium (see BBC, 2018). Then, given the security threat, the game - the second leg of the prestigious Copa Libertadores final - was immediately postponed.


France - the FIFA World Cup Winner - and the Territorial Prison Theory of Identity

Once France won the FIFA Men’s World Cup a new topic occupied media attention (see BBC, 2018; The Local, 2018) - how ‘French’ was the French team? One commentary stood out; comedian Trevor Noah joked that Africa, not France, had won the World Cup, mostly because of the ethnic origins of its players (see Trevor Noah’s Instagram post).

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