This course explores the history of soccer to understand how and why it has become the most popular sport in the world. We will examine the development of the game, the institutions that have grown up around it (FIFA), and the economic and political impact of the sport from roughly the late 19th century to present. We will also use football as a lens to study the politics of race, gender, migration, globalization, and corruption. This course coincides with renowned soccer historian Laurent Dubois being in residence at the IHGC and with a workshop entitled "Global South Soccer Politics" that will take place in the fall. Students will be expected to participated in the workshop, where they will get a chance to present their work to experts in the field.