New research on football and the sense of belonging of young people – Can you help?09 January 2015


The researcher, Max Mauro of Southampton Solent and the Open Universities, is looking to gather information on the type of documents that children, aged 5-15 who are of non-EU descent, are requested to submit when they register to play football for a youth club competing in an official league.

The study will only look at immigrant families legally residing in EU countries and the first-ever registration of the children in a football club.

Max explains: “In Italy, at the moment, children of immigrant parents who want to play football for a registered club have to submit the following documents (the whole list is requested for the first registration, while in the following years only some of the documents are requested):

– A declaration that the boy or the girl has been or has not been registered for a foreign club before, signed by both parents and the child

– A school enrollment document

– A birth certificate

– A copy of identity documents of both parents and the child

– A copy of the local council registration that confirms that the family is living in the territory

– Copies of the residence permit of the parents and the child

“I am looking to see how widespread these exclusions are and if young people are excluded through the bureaucracy involved in registering to play football would welcome any similar information from any European country.”

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