Il calcio in fuorigioco? Indagine sulla disaffezione del pubblico italiano nei confronti del “sistema calcio”

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Offside football? Investigation into the disaffection of the Italian public towards the "football system"

Piermarco Aroldi (Editor), Ivo Stefano Germano (Editor), Guido Gili (Editor)

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The “soccer system” at world level shows a strong growth of investments, of the public and of television viewing, despite the fact that there are not a few negative factors, starting with the scandals that have hit FIFA in recent years. In this context, Italy presents a situation even more contrasted. The data on the presence in the stadiums and on television ratings reveal a decline in public interest and a clouding of the image of football as a "popular" show that has always had a strong attraction for Italians. This report intends to investigate the reasons for this situation. The report is divided into three parts. 1. A first introductory part traces a general picture of the transformations that have affected the world of football in Italy and in the European and international context. In particular, four processes will be highlighted - industrialization, media coverage, globalization and ferialization - and their consequences on the organization of football as a system, on the construction and presentation of the football show, on the practices of use by the public both "in presence" both through the television medium. 2. The second part consists of a desk type research and focuses around two main focuses: "administrative doping" and the criteria for assigning and managing sports rights. These are two themes that have played a central role in recent years. In fact, sports rights are now the main source of funding for the entire system and therefore decisive battles are fought around them to establish who "commands" and directs this system. The issue of administrative doping refers instead to the illicit "white-collar", which is the most significant pathological phenomenon of current football. Both these phenomena are analyzed through a historical reconstruction that also makes use of analyzes and comments on the sports press and not. 3. In the third part it was intended to carry out a qualitative field survey aimed at exploring the perceptions and experiences of a sample of enthusiasts. It was intended to gather from their voice the signals of that transformation that a series of structural indicators (attendance at the stadiums, sale of subscriptions, television viewing data etc.) seem to qualify as disaffection. This disaffection has been taken as the object of the investigation: it has therefore been attempted to detect the extent, the forms with which it manifests itself and the possible causes, as they emerge from the stories of different segments of the Italian public
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Offside football? Investigation into the disaffection of the Italian public towards the "football system"
Original languageItalian
PublisherFondazione per la Sussidiarietà
Number of pages148
ISBN (Print)9788897793229
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Audiences
  • Pubblico
  • Sport and Television
  • Sport e televisione


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