Kevin Tallec Marston



Kevin is a Research Fellow at CIES and also a Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Leicester where he completed his PhD in History.

His historical work has focused on the history of youth football, the question of age, the place of childhood in society, the evolving role of training and education of youth in and around sport, and the biography of sporting administrators as well as other themes such as legacy, diffusion, fraternity and transnationalism. 

In parallel, he also has a particular interest in the governance of sport and has published two books on governance relationships inside football. He is specifically interested in the historical, political and economic aspects of both European football, including its main governing body UEFA, and the global game and FIFA. He has supervised numerous applied research projects for FIFA on a host of topics around professional football including regulations on Squad sizes in football leagues, Quotas for foreign players, Foreign Ownership of football clubs, Broadcasting rights, Club Commercial and Sponsorship, Multi-club ownership, Overdue Payables, and the regulations of Agents.

He has lectured and taught in English and French, speaks and reads Italian and is conversant in Spanish.

In addition to his research activity, he works closely on the academic coordination of the FIFA Master, specifically overseeing the Final Projects module and Research Methods, contributing to the general curriculum and course development in close cooperation with the programme’s Scientific Committee. As CIES' Academic Project Manager, he has worked on other educational endeavours including developing training programmes for organisations such as UEFA and FIFA.

Selected bibliography and research activity :

With Mike Cronin, ‘The Origins of foot-ball in America: Foundation myths, memorialization and rethinking the Oneida Football club’ in Kioussis, G., Bolsmann, C., Mapping U.S. Soccerscapes, 1863–1913: Immigrants, Industries, and Individuals, (forthcoming 2018).

with Camille Boillat and Fernando Roitman, Governance Relationships in Football between Management and Labour – Players, Clubs, Leagues and National associations, (Editions CIES, 2017), 176p.

With Philippe Vonnard, ‘Building bridges between separated Europeans: The role of UEFA’s competitions in East-West exchanges (1955–1964)’, in Vonnard, P., Quin, G. & Sbetti, N., Beyond Boycotts - Sport during the Cold War in Europe, (Oldenbourg: De Gruyter, 2017), pp. 85-108.

With Michaël Mrkonjic, Reflection sessions 2: Global Football Development Vol. 2 - The determinants of football development in a global perspective, (Editions CIES, 2017), 43p.

‘European integration through sport: football, fraternity and politics at the UEFA youth tournament, 1957-72’, in Ferréol, G., EGALITÉ, MIXITÉ, INTÉGRATION PAR LE SPORT Equity, diversity, integration through sport, (L'Harmattan / EME Editions, 2016), pp. 249-67.

with Camille Boillat, Governance Models Across Football Leagues and Clubs, (Editions CIES, 2016), 151p.

Collaboration with author Michaël Mrkonjic, Reflection sessions 1: Global Football Development Vol. 1 - Comparing youth football worldwide: Lessons and proposals for the regular organisation of youth football competitions, Global Football Development Volume 1, (Editions CIES, 2016), 68p.

‘Rethinking ‘ethnic’ soccer: the National Junior Challenge Cup and the transformation of American soccer’s identity (1935–1976)’, Soccer and Society, 2016/18: 2-3, pp. 330-47.

‘‘Sincere Camaraderie’: Professionalization, Politics and the Pursuit of the European Idea at the International Youth Tournament, 1948–57’, in Vonnard, P., Quin, G., Bancel, N. Playing to build Europe. Turning points in the Europeanization of Football (1919-1991), (Peter Lang, 2016).

‘The Lost Legacy of Fraternity’, in R. Holt and D. Ruta, The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Legacy: Meeting the Challenge of Major Sport Events, (London: Routledge, 2015), pp. 176-188.

collaboration with authors Camille Boillat and Raffaele Poli, Governance models across leagues and associations, (Editions CIES, 2014), 114p.

‘Chris Green, Every Boy’s Dream. England’s Football Future on the Line’, Sport in History, 31 (1), pp. 118-21.

with Pierre Ducrey, Carlos Eduardo Ferreira, and Gabriel Huerta, ‘UEFA and Football Governance: A New Model’, International Sports Law Journal (ISLJ), 2004/1-2, pp. 81-87.

Conferences :

Olympic Study Center J.A. Samaranch, Barcelona. 2016. ‘G.R. Manning – a biographical sketch’, at the seminar The President, The Secretary and The Minister Selected Biographies from International Sports Leaders

De Montfort University. 2016. ‘Au revoir à Paris … G.R. Manning – a transnational football leader’, CESH 20th International Congress Of The European Committee For Sports History

Université de Lausanne (Lausanne, CH). Conference 2015, Playing to Build Europe » The formation of a European Football Sphere (1919-1991). Presented a paper entitled ‘International Youth Tournament-Between fraternity and competition, 1948-82’.

Pontifical Council for the Laity (Rome, ITA). Conference 2015. Coaches: educating people: The international Seminar of the Church & Sport Section. Presented a paper entitled ‘Rethinking the role of the coach through a historical sketch: between educator, mentor and technical expert’.

Hofstra University (New York, USA). Conference 2014, Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football's Artistry, Identity & Politics. Presented a paper entitled ‘The National Junior Cup: A Study in the Transformation of American Soccer’s Identity’.

Birkbeck College (London, UK). Conference 2009, The Governance and Regulation of Sport. Presented a paper entitled ‘Proactive and inclusive governance in football : the case of UEFA’.

SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy). Conference 2008, Sport and Social Capital. Presented a paper entitled ‘The sport federation in 21st century Europe: what is the institution’s role vis-à-vis education and vocational training for youth?’

Nelson Mandela University & the Department of Sport & Recreation South Africa (Port Elizabeth, South Africa). Conference 2008, SASReCon, paper entitled ‘Tending Towards Elite Success: Talent Identification and Formation in the context of Youth Footba