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The business of football
The business of football

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1.1 Football globalisation and history

Given the development of football into a global business, how did this start and how did football spread across the globe?

You’ll now listen to part of a BBC radio programme, ‘Sport and the British’, presented by Clare Balding, which gives some surprising insights into the development of football from its early roots. The piece provides a particularly fascinating focus on the rise of the game in South America.

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Activity 1 Factors affecting football’s initial globalisation

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

It is interesting to note from the BBC radio clip how football started its global spread. In particular you may not have been aware that football started as an elite game – a contrast perhaps to how many see the game now.

Make some notes on the factors that have provided the impetus for the globalisation of football.

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A photograph of Hope Solo on a pitch.
Figure 2 USA player Hope Solo warming up before a game.