Football: More than a Game


Explore the world of football (soccer), the money, the rivalries, the trends, the past, the present, the men’s game, the women’s game and the real issues. Whether you love it, hate it or try to ignore it – join us as we go behind the scenes to examine why football is more than just a game.

From street soccer to multi-million dollar transfers, from the men’s game to the women’s, from the global to the local, from the beaches of Brazil to the fight against poverty this online course looks beyond the pitch, to explore football’s role in society and possibly a community near you.

What you will learn

Football: History, myths and power

This week considers the past, football myths and how history can help us understand football today. We will explore an extraordinary football journey not only taking in major milestones along the way, but getting a feel for how history can help us understand the present as well as the past.

The global spectacle of football

We now move on to consider the game to-day and how it has grown into a global spectacle. Is football truly a global game? This week is a little bit more conceptual because we as ask you to think about some concepts – global, local and international and how these are helpful in explaining the growth of world football. We need to know not only what countries are involved but also who (which people) are involved and where the real power in football lies?

Great football clubs, nations and matches that changed the world

It is impossible to cover every great club and rivalry. Nonetheless, in Week 3 we will look at football wealth, rivalry, community, and matches that made a difference.

The FIFA World Cup – Who are the champions of the world?

We take a look at three different competitions, the Men’s World Cup, the Women’s World Cup and the Homeless World Cup.

What’s included