Transfer Patterns in Swedish Football

Projekt: Forskning


Football has become a crucial activity for many adults and children. Statistics indicate that it is by far the most popular sport among youths. In 2017 there were 359 726 registered players over 15, including 91 780 women. There were also 2.831.736 spectators attending elite football matches in Sweden in 20171. The statistics alone indicate that football has a strong place in the society and is presented as attractive and worth of attention in media.
Based on cultural analytical approach, we propose an investigation of players’ experiences transfer paths in Sweden and abroad. Transfers are a necessary element in modern football, but they are complicated endeavours, especially in socio-cultural terms. There is a lot of economic and physical potential that is in danger of being wasted when a transfer is not successful. A thorough ethnographic study should reveal a different dimension of performing a transfer, about obligations and expectations.
The hypothesis is that players, supporters, and even the management often express weak cultural capital as they are forced into performing a specific identity (Skeggs 2004, 5). We consider that a comparison between the practices of a transfer in male and female football would be crucial for unveiling discrepancies and point out the areas of improvement. It is relevant in a context of young Swedish athletes and players trying to manage their career. Although based on football, this project would be relevant for other occupations with high rate of employer change.
Gällande start-/slutdatum2020/01/012021/12/31