Football worlds: business and networks during COVID-19

The structure of football can also be conceived as a form of ecosystem, or even a social world, constructed through a network of individuals, within a division of labour, that interact under a set of specific conventions. In this commentary we describe that socially constructed world - Football World. The nature of this structural world makes network theory an appealing framework to explore processes of the football ecosystem during COVID-19. While we focus on the English Premier League, notably this league is embedded within a European and international marketplace it offers relevance for the broader global football ecosystem. We proceed to explore this dynamic Football World by considering how the different collective forms - specifically fans, players and clubs - have been affected by COVID-19. We comment on the potential implications for the connective fabric of the broader network and what these observations mean for potential future research.
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Subjects: soccer organizing competition athlete sports association sports federation national Europe international virus infection co-operation administration management
Notations: organisations and events management and organisation of sport sport games social sciences
Tagging: Coronavirus
DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2020.1782719
Published in: Soccer & Society
Published: 2020
Issue: in print
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced