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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to week two as we examine football, the global spectacle.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsThis week we examine whether football is a global game and what impact the global has on the local. What is the relationship between the global and the local.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsWe talked about it in week one FIFA having 209 member countries in the world in 2014, does that include every country in the world being a member of FIFA? Of course not. Therefore, is FIFA perhaps more international than global? These terms are important-- global, local, regional, and international. How should we use them as we think about football, more than a game. In 2014 the big five European football leagues made a profit of 7.7 billion pounds. Where did that money go? Where does financial power lie? Is it with the big global, powerful football leagues and clubs?

Skip to 1 minute and 41 secondsOr does some of that money reach local communities and local clubs? Should it be more? So in week two we examine the relationship between the global, the local, the regional, and the international, and ask you to use these terms as you think about the contemporary game of football and why it is more than just a game.

The global spectacle of football

Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments. You might consider the following questions: What is the relationship between global and local football? Where does power lie in the football world? How would you distribute the money from football across the world?

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This video is from the free online course:

Football: More than a Game

The University of Edinburgh