#HI-03-04 English Football: a Social History

  • Categories History
  • Duration 18h
  • Total Enrolled 8
  • Last Update September 25, 2020

About Course

University of Leicester


Examine the roots of football and its rise to modern prominance.

This course will explore the history and culture of football, with a focus on the World Cup and on Leicester City Football Club.

We’ll explore the origins of football, from early clubs to professional leagues and European competition; the role of media and formation of the Premier League; the World Cup from origins to Russia 2018; and how LCFC became unlikely Premier League Champions.

The University of Leicester and De Montfort University have joined Leicester City Football Club to give a unique insight into the history and sociology of the sport, and the inside story of a premier league club.

What topics will you cover?

  • A history of football from early leagues and formats, through to the present day.
  • The influence of the media, and European football, on the English game.
  • The social impact of football: on fans and communities, through disaster and euphoria.
  • A history of the World Cup, from origins to Russia 2018
  • A case study of one Premier League club, looking in detail at their folk history and modern success.
  • A detailed look at Leicester City Football Club’s remarkable ‘great escape’ and title-winning season 2015-16.
  • An examination of the present state of football, and how it might change in the future.

Who will you learn with?

Neil Carter

I am a senior research fellow who works in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester. My expertise is in the history of sport, especially football.


John Williams

I am a Sociologist who has been researching and writing about sport – especially football – for over 30 years. I now live in Leicester but my home city – and my club – is Liverpool.



Who developed the course?

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is a leading research led university with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching. It is consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom.


What Will I Learn?

  • Summarise key points in the history of football, from its roots to the Premier League
  • Evaluate the role football plays in society, from fans to local and international communities
  • Debate economic influences and motivations in modern football
  • Discuss the current state of football, and its role in society

Topics for this course

18 Lessons18h

The making of modern football?

Find out about what we'll cover in week 1 of the course, and introduce yourself to the FutureLearn platform and your fellow learners.
Welcome to the course00:01:03
Structure and study techniques
Football and You

The origins of modern football?

We'll cover football's roots, the formation of the FA and leagues, and the early history of Leicester Fosse.

People in the early game?

The players, fans, directors and managers in the early game.

Student Feedback


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I found the course very interesting,relevant and helpful....thanks for the excellent training.

My only complaint is that it was too short. An hour isn't nearly enough to fully understand football.

This course should be marketed as a basic beginner football and networking session.

It's been amazing experience for me and i so happy that i joined this course and right now i can talk in English so easy specially in talking about football.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate


  • Just an interest in the beautiful game.

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for anyone interested in football and its background, its place in world culture and media, in the Football World Cup, and in LCFC and its effect on the city of Leicester and in the wider world.