Welcome to Curator of Football. The aim of this site is to link readers to quality content relating to Sports Interactive video game, Football Manager (FM).

In the process, we like to believe that we will help to raise the overall standard of FM content by privileging the good over the bad.

The website comprises a suite of three projects:

  1. a journal — the International Journal of Football Management (IJFM) — providing links to the best of recently published content
  2. a catalogue, providing links to classified content, both recent and historic
  3. a classification system, designed to provide a standardised way of tagging content

The website, which launches formally on 23 April 2017, is managed by Anthony Haynes, who likes to believe that he is managing Hapoel Ashkelon FC in the year 2029.


This is the page where users will find your site’s blog


Welcome to the International Journal of Football Managment (IJFM). IJFM is designed as an independent periodical for (multilingual) content relating to the video game known as Football Manager (FM). The journal is edited by Anthony Haynes.

The first edition will be published in early autumn, 2017.

IJFM is a deconstructed journal. Essentially, a deconstructed journal:

  • provides content to its readers, but only indirectly: that is, it provides links to content published elsewhere, rather than publishing original content directly on its own pages:
  • contributes to quality management by publishing links only to content that has been assessed and found to be of good quality

In the case of IJFM the assessment of quality is conducted by peer review. For further details, please see our page on Peer Reviewing.

To submit content (excluding content published on forums or chat-rooms) published after 23 April 2017 for consideration for inclusion in the journal, please use the from below. For content published before that date, please use the form on our catalogue page.

The notion of a deconstructed journal is explained in more detail here. here: https://monographer.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/deconstructing-journals-and-overcoming-boredom/.

Peer review

Peer review is the main method that we use for assessing content to decide whether it should be included (in the form of a hypertext link) in either our journal or our catalogue.

For this we need peer reviewers! If you play the video game known as Football Manager (FM) and already possess reasonable knowledge of FM content, please consider volunteering to peer review: we’d very much like to hear from you.

The pro forma that we use for reviews is here: peer review form.

We’re particularly keen to recruit reviewers who can review content in languages other than English.

We regret that we are unable to offer payment for peer reviewing. We hope, however, that the knowledge that you are contributing to the development of a helpful resource for fellow FM users will provide its own reward.

To volunteer for peer review. please contact Anthony Haynes using the contact form below.




Welcome to the Catalogue of Football Management (CFM).

The aim of our catalogue is to help readers to find good quality content of the type(s) they are looking for. We catalogue content in a variety of media, although we exclude forums and chat-rooms (such as Slack).

Until our formal launch on 23 April, the incipient catalogue is available on the following free-standing page: CFM.

The catalogue is organised according to the categories provided on our Classification page.

Links (which will be published here from 23 April 2017) are provided only for content that has been positively peer reviewed. There is no restriction on the original publication date of content linked to by the catalogue. The catalogue will be multilingual.

In addition to historic content, the catalogue will also include content published in (i.e., linked to) our journal, the International Journal of Football Management (IJFM).

If you have originated, published, or read a piece of content that was published before 23 April 2017 and which you believe merits a place (i.e., a link form) our catalogue, please use the form below to alert us.


Content reviewed on this site is classified according to the following typology:

  1. Language (e.g., English, Italian)
  2. Medium: (A) audio (e.g., podcast); (B) blog post; (C) moving image (e.g. YouTube video); (D) print; (E) website; (F) other
  3. Genre: (A) analysis; (B) narrative account; (C) other
  4. Focus:
  • for analysis: (a) formation; (b) position or role; (d) set piece; (e) style of play; (f) competitions or national contexts; (g) relation to contemporary or historical football ITRW; (h) scouting; (i) youth development; (j) other backroom; (k) club development / finances; (l) agents; (m) playing conditions (n) referees; (o) other
  • for narrative: (a) club save; (b) international save; (c) journeyman save; (d) other
  • for other: (a) creative writing — evocation, imaginative projection, or plot; (b) ethnography — game-playing habits, preferences, or contexts (e.g., use of notebooks or spreadsheets; timing and location of gaming sessions); (c) meta-analysis (e.g. discussion of FM as a whole; comparison with or contrast to other games)

To facilitate inclusion of content in the catalogue, content providers are encouraged to use the following tags:

  • #[name of language. e.g. Italian]
  • #audio
  • #blogpost
  • #movingimage
  • #print
  • #website
  • #othermedium
  • #analysis
  • #narrativeaccount
  • #othergenre
  • #formation
  • #position
  • #role
  • #setpiece
  • #styleofplay
  • #competitions
  • #nationalcontext
  • #ITRWcontemporary
  • #ITRWhistoric
  • #scouting
  • #youthdevelopment;
  • #backroom
  • #clubdevelopment
  • #finances
  • #agents
  • #conditions
  • #referees
  • #otheranalysis
  • #clubsave
  • #internationalsave
  • #journeymansave
  • #othersave
  • #creativewriting
  • #ethnography
  • #meta-analysis


This is a contact page with some basic contact information and a contact form. If you wish to:

  • volunteer to become a peer reviewer, please use the contact form on our Peer Reviewing page
  • submit newly published content for review for our journal, IJFM, please use the contact form on our Journal page
  • submit historically published content for review for our catalogue, please use the content form on our Catalogue page.