The International Centre of Football Research (ICFR) based at UCFB, with industry leading academics and practitioners of the highest level, will provide research and guidance to the football industry.

The ICFR will produce a number of publications such as the Journal of Football Business, which will publish research from leading academics and practitioners in football-related matters. An example of our publications is the Annual Report on Corporate Social Responsibility in Football by an academic team led by Dr Roger Levermore. It highlights the dramatic growth of the attempt to use football to promote the ‘social worth’ of the sport. This is clearly seen not only by football clubs but also federations, sponsors, associations, players and others associated with the football industry. Such work is delivered in the UK and around the world, reflecting the extent of UK football’s global reach.

UCFB will partner with academic publishers to publish a journal that includes articles written by those that reflect and address the practical realities of the football industry. This will reply to concerns expressed by employers that management education rarely engages with the real world. This journal encourages submissions from across the industry to discuss topical issues ranging from dealing with crisis management to employment of administrative talent and finances to stadia development.

Research & our students

Our students benefit immediately from being taught by researchers who are leading the way in deepening our understanding of central issues in the industry, including governance, regulation, finance, ethics, ownership, grassroots development and fan engagement.

In the longer term, students and the wider football business will benefit from this approach of surrounding those planning a career in the industry with our commitment to first class research. Our students will become a generation of football business leaders who regularly commission research that adds value to their organisations, to the game and to the wider industry, community and society.