The F.A. Cup, which is England’s primary football (soccer) knockout competition, is the world’s oldest competition in the sport, but no comprehensive study into factors that correlate with success has been undertaken. The purpose of the present thesis is to fill this void by assessing the strength of the nine regions of England, as well as the collective strength of non-English clubs in the competition. The coefficent formula used by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for ranking member associations is utilized in a form adapted for the generally single-legged nature of the F.A. Cup. The figures ascertained are then correlated with socioeconomic and non-socioeconomic data. Following the results of this analysis, it is concluded that the competition favours regions with white-collar concentrations, such as Greater London and the Northwest. Also included are future considerations, which account for Covid-19 and its impacts, both in England and throughout Europe; these include the possibility of a “super league” for privileged clubs.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Genereux, E. (2021). Socioeconomic and other dynamics in the geographic distribution of success in the English F.A. Cup [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1121/
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