This chapter introduces the concept of world leagues in professional football and to make sense of their development by specifically examining the significance of highly skilled migration in their emergence, growth and increasing control of the global football system. It includes an analysis of labour-market demand and an examination of the importance of highly skilled migrants in maintaining world league status. The chapter explains a case study of the English Premier League to show how the recruitment of highly skilled foreign talent has enhanced this particular league's competitive world league status. It is the correlation that exists between the depth of the talent pool and the competitiveness of world leagues that has driven the emergence of a global 'war for talent' within and between them. The 1980s was a particularly difficult decade for professional football in England. In the last 25 years, the increase in media revenues and subsequent commercial transformation of the Premier League has been remarkable.
|Title of host publication||The English Premier League|
|Subtitle of host publication||A socio-cultural analysis|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Jun 2017|
|Name||Routledge Research in Football|