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Joel  Rookwood

Dr Joel Rookwood

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3543 ext. 3543 Room no. RM217A


I studied science and football at an undergraduate level and a masters in notation analysis at Liverpool John Moores University, before undertaking a masters in sport management at University of Leicester. My PhD was a socio-legal study of football fandom, completed in 2008 at University of Liverpool.

Previous to this, I have lectured at Leeds Metropolitan University and Liverpool Hope University, and I am visiting fellow at University of Vic, Spain since 2010.

I have engaged in numerous global scholarly and applied contexts in football, and have visited 135 countries. Working for professional clubs and governing bodies as a coach and match analyst, and has worked on 30 football, health and education-based sport-for-development projects across six continents during the last fifteen years.

Currently I write for Mundial magazine, and previously was a primary columnist for a Japanese-based international football website for over a decade, covering tournaments such as 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the 2004, 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2008 African Cup of Nations, 2011 Asian Cup, 2011 Gold Cup and 2015 Copa America. I have watched football in 110 British league grounds and at stadia in seventy countries.

Taught courses