– An Educational Project funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme –

Football Makes History brings together history educators and youth workers from all over Europe to develop new educational resources that can help young people explore European history and heritage through the lens of football, as well as use football to tackle social exclusion.

Stories

Browse our collection of stories about football history and inclusion. With the history of football being made up of millions of stories, of individuals and communities, of movements and processes, we offer stories that can inspire our cultural conversations today.

Videos

Get to know untold stories where individuals are making history with football. When faced with insurmountable challenges, individuals past and present can use football as a cultural force to foster positive change in society. We honour these individuals and tell their ‘untold’ stories in short videos.

Educational Resources

Explore our innovative educational resources that use football’s history, heritage and legacy to engage young people. The resources include ready-made lesson plans and historical source collections for school history education as well as toolkit with activities for non-formal settings.

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Let’s talk football history

Let the students decide!

Let the students decide!

History uses Football Makes History is the classroom to teach about equality and let’s students decide!

The Blitz and the Oval

The Blitz and the Oval

During WWII Nazi Germany attacked the harbors of Belfast, destroying with them most of the stadium of Glentoran F.C.

April in Football

April in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

Class war on the football pitch

Class war on the football pitch

Football StoriesOn this day, International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day or May Day, is celebrated in many countries around the world to honour and remember the struggle and fight for rights for the working class and workers. During the latter half of the...

April in Football

April in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

Football Highlights

April in Football

April in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

March in Football

March in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

February in Football

February in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

April in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

March in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

February in Football

What moments in football history have we highlighted in the last month? How do they provide us with historical mirrors to the present?

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Football Lockdowns: Smallpox outbreak in 1972

Football Lockdowns: Smallpox outbreak in 1972

Football Makes History Developer and history teacher Igor Jovanovic wrote for us about other times when Football was stopped like it currently is. This time it is the Smallpox outbreak in Yugoslavia.

Football Lockdowns: Tilburg (NL) 1951

Football Lockdowns: Tilburg (NL) 1951

Dutch sport historian Jurryt van de Vooren wrote a historical overview of other times when Football was stopped, like it currently is. Small story of a local epidemic.

Football Lockdowns: World War Two

Football Lockdowns: World War Two

Dutch sports historian Jurryt van de Vooren wrote a historical overview of other times when Football was stopped like it currently is. The Second World War is our second short piece.

Football Lockdowns: The Spanish Flu of 1918

Football Lockdowns: The Spanish Flu of 1918

Dutch sports historian Jurryt van de Vooren wrote for us about other times when Football was stopped like it currently is. Spanish flu of 1918 is the first story.

Life Stories

Football Makes History gathers life stories of unique individuals that help us connect the history of football to diversity and inclusion.

This is Football Lives.

Football and Hooliganism

Football and Hooliganism

Teaching students about the causes of football hooliganism through the analysis of case studies and development of potential solutions.

Did a game of football start a war?

Did a game of football start a war?

Learning activity teaching students historical causality by assessing the role of the 1990 “Maksimir riots” in the unfolding of the Yugoslav Wars.