Can technology improve the development of club football in Ghana?
ootball is a global sport. It is the most-watched and most played sport in the world It is also capital-intensive. In recent times, with the influx of new technology, football has taken a giant leap globally into popularity and improved the standard of living of many of its stakeholders. It is also regarded as a lucrative business. This research investigates how technology can support or improve the development of club football in Ghana. This paper highlights the recent technological advancements in the world, how it can be applied to football, and more specifically how it can improve Ghana’s football especially at the club level. The objectives of this research are to highlight the state of football in Ghana, investigate how technology can improve club football in Ghana, and to recommend ways to increase the positive and decrease the negative impact(s) that technology has on club football in Ghana. The study involved research and intense analysis of the literature available on technology and how it has improved football, the reasons for technological advances in football, and how it can be applied to Ghana’s football. The absence of official websites of most local-based football clubs was also studied and it serves as the theoretical framework for this research. The research involved gathering data using quantitative methods. Data was collected from football stakeholders in Ghana, including footballers, administrators, coaches, football agents, and individuals in the media sector. This dissertation serves as the first major study on technology and how it can be used to improve club football in Ghana, though other studies have been conducted concerning football and national development, the rise of football agencies and its impact on football in Ghana and lastly improving the football industry in Ghana through franchising, licensing and merchandising. This study provides insights into the role of technology in football, the different ways it could be used to improve club football in Ghana, and which technological solution(s) could be proposed to effect some changes.
Undergraduate thesis submitted to Department of Computer Science, Ashesi University, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems, May 2020
football administration, Ghana, technology