Fodbold som religion

Charlotte Lynge Laursen, Christina Søndersted, Christine Pedersen, Melissa Damgaard Colaco, Ida Maria Christensen & Renee Louise Hammer

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study investigates the influence of rituals and mass psychology on the football fan culture of Brøndbyernes Idrætsforening and the fans' behavior when at the stadium. It is explained how secular rituals, as seen in this fan culture, are seen in comparison to religious rituals.The paper focuses on the forming of the mass in the fan community with rituals being the controlling factor. It is analyzed both how the mass acts as one organism in contrast to the individual fan as well as how the mass behaves under the impact of the ritual. In addition to this, it is analyzed how the individual identity is erased as the individual becomes part of the collective mind of the mass. Furthermore the study examines the used rituals as well as the purpose of chosing those exact rituals at the games. Also the observations are analyzed from a mass psycological perspective, wherein common features based on the behavior of the fans at the southern side of the stadium called Sydsiden as well as the overall theory of the mass appears. Finally it is concluded that parallels are drawn between the rituals of the football fan culture and religious rituals. Furthermore the erasing of the identities resulting in the formation of the collective mind in the mass.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2013


  • psychology
  • ritual
  • mass
  • football
  • religion