Reflections on race, regionalism and geopolitical trends via Australian soccer

Carniel, Jessica (2012) Reflections on race, regionalism and geopolitical trends via Australian soccer. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 29 (17). pp. 2405-2420. ISSN 0952-3367


In 2006, the Football Federation of Australia moved from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was hoped that the move would improve the standard of Australian football and improve competitiveness in international tournaments, such as the FIFA World Cup. Australia's original bid to join the AFC was denied in 1964, leading them to form the OCF with New Zealand in 1966. This paper examines how dealings with the AFC and Asia more broadly are articulations of Australia's shifting understanding of race, culture and geopolitical belonging. Soccer presents both Australia and Asia with a unique opportunity to find some shared cultural ground to strengthen and stabilise their existing economic and political relationship.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Published Version restricted in accordance with publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2014 00:53
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 05:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: soccer; Australia; Australia-Asia relations; Asia; race; sport; geopolitics; football
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950102 Organised Sports
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2012.746832

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