1st Edition

Sport Mega-Events, Security and COVID-19 Securing the Football World

By Jan Andre Lee Ludvigsen Copyright 2022
    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines contemporary issues of security at sports mega-events (SMEs). It focuses on the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2020) - subsequently postponed to 2021 - the third biggest SME in the global sporting calendar and a unique multi-city, multi-country event that took place in the eye of the COVID-19 storm. 

    Drawing on stakeholder interviews, policy documents, media sources and existing research, the book explores the constructions, meanings, and perceptions of security in the efforts to secure this football mega-event. It argues that Euro 2020 is a powerful case through which to better understand wider security governance and security-related processes in present-day societies, which are increasingly preoccupied with notions of ‘security’, ‘safety’ and ‘risk’. It assesses the precautionary logic and transnational knowledge transfer processes that guide security constructions surrounding SMEs in an uncertain and threat-conscious world, and captures the dramatic moments in which COVID-19 transitioned into a security threat with severe impacts on the world of football and well beyond. Sport Mega-Events, Security and COVID-19 advances existing debates in the sociology of football and sport, offering a critical understanding of security and safety in the modern world, and giving an insight into the changing ‘new normalities’ of security between 9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of global sport. 

    This is a fascinating reading for anybody with a professional or academic interest in sport management, event management, football, security studies, policing, risk and crisis management, the sociology of sport, the sociology of surveillance, or political science.

    Setting the Scene

    1. The Dynamic Nexus between Sport, Mega-Events and Security: A Socio-Historical Sketch

    2. The Meanings and (Re)productions of Security

    3. Between Retrospective and Futuristic Processes of Security: Extending the ‘Troika of Security’

    4. Policing, Policy and Fan Networks

    5. Pandemic Threats, COVID-19 and Euro 2020’s Postponement: Ready, Set, Postponed

    6. Redesigning, Re-Imagining and Delivering Euro 2020 in a Pandemic

    7. Conclusions: Uncertainty, Legacy and New Threats


    Jan Andre Lee Ludvigsen is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Politics with Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. His research interests are the sociology and politics of sport. Jan’s research on sport mega-events, security, risk and fandom has been published in journals including the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Consumer Culture, Leisure Studies and Journal of Sport and Social Issues. Jan serves several editorial positions and has acted as Guest Editor for three special issues.