One of the largest soccer conferences ever organized kicks off Thursday at Hofstra University on Long Island with over 100 speakers attending from 25 countries.
“Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics” will explore the historical, political, economic and humanitarian impact of soccer over the course of four days. Key speakers include Dr. David Goldblatt, the author of “The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer,” and Stefan Szymanski, the co-author of “Soccernomics.”
Pele will receive an honorary degree from Hofstra University at a special ceremony on Friday afternoon. The Brazilian soccer legend will then unveil a commemorative plaque Sunday before his former New York Cosmos team begins the defense of its North American Soccer League championship against the Atlanta Silverbacks at James M. Shuart Stadium.
The conference is presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center in association with the school’s Department of History and is open to the public.
The Soccer Observer founder Ian Thomson will be participating as one of the panelists discussing “Exceptionalism Versus Globalization” on Thursday afternoon. Limited signed copies of Ian’s recent book, “Summer Of ’67: Flower Power, Race Riots, Vietnam and the Greatest Soccer Final Played on American Soil,” will be available to purchase during the event for $13.
“Summer Of ‘67” charts the eight-week United Soccer Association tournament launched by multimillionaire sports promoters after the success of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final on American television, is also available in Kindle and paperback format via Amazon.