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Educación Física y Ciencia

versión On-line ISSN 2314-2561


TORREBADELLA FLIX, Xavier  y  PEDRAZ, Miguel Vicente. On the origins of football as a school sport in Spain (1883-1936): From a recreational trend to a disciplinary instrument. Educ. fís. cienc. [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.1, pp.00-00. ISSN 2314-2561.

This article approaches the process by which football became a mass sport in social, political and ideological contexts at the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century. With a genealogical perspective, it describes and analyses the role played by children’s football in the development and legitimisation of this sport beyond the school environment. A critical reading of the documentary sources presented allows us to affirm that, in great part, the crowning of football and its rapidly attained hegemony within Spanish sport had as it great ideological champion the regenerationist discourse of the close of the century and the political-administrative support of the State itself. Indeed, it was the State, through sports associationism, through juvenile clubs run either by parish or non-church organisations, through physical education at school, and also through urban planning policies, which was able to channel football’s ability to bring people together in order to use the sport as an efficient apparatus of discipline and control.

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