Athletic Talent Migration: A Case Study of Australian Football

Benjamin Stevens (2012). Athletic Talent Migration: A Case Study of Australian Football MPhil Thesis, School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland.

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Author Benjamin Stevens
Thesis Title Athletic Talent Migration: A Case Study of Australian Football
School, Centre or Institute School of Human Movement Studies
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-02
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Dr Murray Phillips
Dr Tony Rossi
Total pages 117
Total colour pages 5
Total black and white pages 112
Language eng
Subjects 11 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract/Summary Athletic talent migration has pervaded football throughout the game’s professional history. In Australia the instances of player migration has increased dramatically in the last two decades. This thesis is designed to explore the rate and flow of athletic talent migration in Australian football, and analyse the way in which world football has evolved to establish an environment conducive to player migration. Quantitative results highlight that from 1980 – 1989 the average number of Australian football migrants was 7 players per year increasing to 172 players per year for the period of 2000 – 2009. These migrations place Australian football talent all over the world, with the largest contingent choosing Europe (80%) to forge their football careers. Within Europe, England (27%) is far and away the preferred destination of Australian footballers. World Systems is the theoretical paradigm used to explain the global forces acting on a domestic level that have contributed to this dramatic increase in migration. World-systems theory posits four key areas (1. economic gain, 2. Core-periphery relationship, 3. Division of labour and expansion, 4. Shifts in the loci of accumulation and power), that influence the increase in athletic talent migration. The key concept of core-periphery relationship defines the global football dynamic and through three key historical events, the Bosman case of 1994, the commodification of football and the development of the Champions League, players from peripheral and semi-peripheral nation states have been motivated to migrate to the wealthy European core of world football. Player typologies and the investigation of push/pull factors have also been utilized within this thesis to understand migration at a micro level. These typologies and push/pull factors have been focused on the Australian football context and show the unique factors that influence the Australian football player to migrate. The considerable increase in Australian football player migration attests to significant impact global forces have had on the domestic game.
Keyword Athletic Migration
Football Players
Soccer Players
Additional Notes 28, 30, 48, 65, 68

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