33 episodes

A narrative show about football and the human connection behind the beautiful game.

By Association James Parkinson

    • Sports
    • 4.1 • 69 Ratings

A narrative show about football and the human connection behind the beautiful game.

    The Telstar

    The Telstar

    In 1970, a football legend was born. Inspired by a NASA satellite and motivated by a global television audience, Adidas created an iconic match ball that would leave a lasting legacy.

    • 13 min
    You Are The Ref

    You Are The Ref

    It's one of the most challenging and criticised jobs in football; what motivates someone to be a referee?

    • 21 min
    Pohnpei: Football's Ultimate Underdogs

    Pohnpei: Football's Ultimate Underdogs

    Determined to fulfil a boyhood dream of playing international football, Paul Watson went searching for a minnow team that would provide an easy path to a national cap. But in discovering the remote Pacific island of Pohnpei, who's team was dubbed 'the worst in the world', Paul found himself on a new quest: coaching a national football team.

    • 25 min
    The first Women's World Cup

    The first Women's World Cup

    The origin story of the United States Women's National Team, and their historic victory at the first ever Women's World Cup .

    • 24 min
    Saving Hakeem al-Araibi

    Saving Hakeem al-Araibi

    The story of refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, and the global campaign that saved his life.

    • 30 min
    Introducing By Association

    Introducing By Association

    This is By Association, human stories from the beautiful game.
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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

sammy_parks ,

So many interesting stories!

I love this podcast because it dives into the obscure stories connected to the sport that likely wouldn’t be told otherwise. A great reminder that there’s so much more than what takes place on the field.

jz19942019 ,

Wonderful podcast

Inspiring and well researched.

MMarkstone ,

James Parkinson Storytelling + Football= Perfection

Storytelling is one of the most difficult things to do in podcasting. It requires extensive research, careful planning and attention to detail, an immense amount of editing.

James does all of this well, and brings stories of the game we love to life in a way that is still relevant when the next round of fixtures have come and gone.

I've yet to find anything else like it, and it remains a show that jumps to the front of the line when a new episode comes out.

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