Football: More than a Game

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At FutureLearn, we want to inspire learning for life. We offer a diverse selection of free, high quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions. Our aim is to connect learners from all over the globe with high quality educators, and with each other. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, with plenty of opportunities to discuss what you’ve studied, in order to make fresh discoveries and form new ideas. Courses are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life, rather than your life around learning. We are a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. Our partners include over 20 of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, including the British Council, the British Library, and the British Museum.

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, football was the most popular game in the western world and has since grown to become a global spectacle.

From street soccer to multi-million dollar transfers, from the beaches of Brazil to the fight against poverty and inequality in Africa, this online course looks beyond the pitch, to explore football’s role in society today.

Explore football’s role in society today

Over six weeks, we will address several important questions, as we introduce you to different major aspects of the sport:

  • Why is the history of football important?
  • Is football played in every country in the world? Is it really global?
  • Where are the great clubs and rivalries?
  • Who are the champions of the world?
  • Can football act as a language that helps countries talk to each other?
  • Where are the richest clubs and leagues?

Learn with well-known faces from the sport

You will be be joined by Liverpool legend...

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, football was the most popular game in the western world and has since grown to become a global spectacle.

From street soccer to multi-million dollar transfers, from the beaches of Brazil to the fight against poverty and inequality in Africa, this online course looks beyond the pitch, to explore football’s role in society today.

Explore football’s role in society today

Over six weeks, we will address several important questions, as we introduce you to different major aspects of the sport:

  • Why is the history of football important?
  • Is football played in every country in the world? Is it really global?
  • Where are the great clubs and rivalries?
  • Who are the champions of the world?
  • Can football act as a language that helps countries talk to each other?
  • Where are the richest clubs and leagues?

Learn with well-known faces from the sport

You will be be joined by Liverpool legend and former Match of the Day analyst, Alan Hansen, and Mel Young, founder of the Homeless World Cup.

Through the course, you will: learn where football has come from and where it is going; gain an insight into some of the greatest sporting events in the world; explore great football clubs, leagues, countries and profiles; consider the power of football as a tool for development; discuss the role of football in the world today; and understand football money, trends, data and sources of information.

You can find out more about some of the issues covered by this course in Grant Jarvie’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “What are the big issues football faces?

Is this course only for football experts and fans?

Not at all, everyone is welcome - anybody interested in football and its place in the world. We recommend a broad interest in football as a contemporary phenomenon - you will cover some of the top football clubs, grass-roots football projects, the FIFA World Cup, and the Homeless World Cup.

What resources will I need for this class?

All you need is internet access to join in the discussions and time to work through each week’s content.

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Interesting take on Football's wider effect on society. Certainly covers some interesting ground and gives a wider view on the role of Football in the modern world.
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