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Finland: Scientific research on football in one database

The Football Association of Finland, in cooperation with the University of Jyväskylä, has launched a new database that compiles Finnish scientific research on football, futsal and other football-related formats in one place.

Lilli Halttunen (Finland) in action in a UEFA Women's European Under-17 Championship match against France
Lilli Halttunen (Finland) in action in a UEFA Women's European Under-17 Championship match against France UEFA via Sportsfile

“The database makes Finnish scientific research on the game more accessible and easier to find for everyone,” said Henri Louste from the FA of Finland.

Today, the database contains nearly 1,800 items of football-related scientific research, covering scientific articles, dissertations, books and all types of theses from 1959 to the present day. Most of them are available online free of charge.

Football as a scientific field is interdisciplinary, which is reflected in the wide variety of research subjects. Articles in the database can be sorted by five different themes – playing and coaching football, following football, football as a hobby or a career, football clubs and leagues, and football in culture and society. Louste believes that the diversity of the database benefits many stakeholders in Finnish football.

Football-related research

“Students and scientists are able to use the database for their own football-related research and identify where further research is needed, while those involved in the game in a more practical manner are now better able to find the science most relevant to their own particular field in the game,” Louste said.

Roughly 1,300 of the works in the database – as well as the database itself – are in Finnish, with the remainder mainly in English or Swedish. The database can be accessed at: tutkimustietokanta.palloliitto.fi

This article originally appeared in UEFA Direct 201