Perspectives on Caribbean Football: Front Matter

Hansib Publications London, 2015

21 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2015

Date Written: February 17, 2015


The downloadable document contains the Introduction and Front Matter.

The book ultimately argues that the beloved football reflects societal cleavages but it also brings people together. The ethos of cooperation and identity that football engenders means that it is a useful tool to promote gender equality and community development. This development should be a part of the macro-economic development in Caribbean countries that includes vulnerable citizens. Development without a human face will lead to protest about the money spent on football and other sports. The Caribbean has a rich footballing history because British Guianese footballer Andrew Watson was one of the greatest players to grace the modern game. The Caribbean has not produced many Watsons because the misuse of scrimmage is destroying footballing skills that are made worse by the absence of a Caribbean football philosophy and an effective unique style and strategy of play. The foregoing is why Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have failed to qualify for the World Cup since their respective debuts in 1998 and 2006. The way forward is the professionalisation of Caribbean football so that countries will be able to bridge the gap between local and international play.

This is the introduction of an edited book on Caribbean football which came out of the Academic Conference on International Football. The contributors are Christopher A.D. Charles, Orville W. Beckford, Karen D. Madden, Olivene Burke, Tarik Weekes, Wanda M. Costen, Basil Wilson, Tony Talburt, Hilary Robertson-Hickling, and Frederick W. Hickling. Hansib Publications London, 2015

Keywords: football, Caribbean, gender and football, community development and football, psychiatry and football, Brazil 2014, football philosophy, Andrew Watson, 1998 Reggae Boys

Suggested Citation

Charles, Christopher, Perspectives on Caribbean Football: Front Matter (February 17, 2015). Hansib Publications London, 2015. Available at SSRN:

Christopher Charles (Contact Author)

University of the West Indies ( email )

Kingston 7
Mona, Mona Kingston 7

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