The UK’s Best Independent Football Magazines

Offering different perspectives on the beautiful game.

Sports
4,224 Hypes 4 Comments

Football journalism can often be staid and dull, caught up in analysis of heat maps and second-hand transfer rumors. Coinciding with the rise of independent media, a number of publications are challenging this status quo and offering new perspectives on the sport. This new wave ranges from Mundial and its coverage of fan culture to publications like CARICOM and SEASON Zine that shine a light on underrepresented communities within football. We’ve pulled together the best UK-based independent football magazines for you to subscribe to.

Mundial

UK Best Football Magazine Soccer Publication Sports Black Culture Fans Female GIrls Womens Buy Cop Purchase Gift Guide Subscription Details

Mundial

Since it was launched as a World Cup-exclusive back in 2014, Mundial has established itself as one of the UK’s premier football publications, notching up 17 issues since then. The magazine spotlights the side of football that goes beyond just match results and big name signings, focusing on fans and the surrounding culture. As well as football itself, the magazine also covers everything from music, fashion and food, although all of it is seen through the prism of proper fans writing about football.

CARICOM

UK Best Football Magazine Soccer Publication Sports Black Culture Fans Female GIrls Womens Buy Cop Purchase Gift Guide Subscription Details

Caricom

Currently two issues in, CARICOM is a publication that looks at the intersection between football and black culture. The magazine was initially founded back in 2017, as the team behind it sought to tell the underrepresented stories of black fans, footballers and others involved in the game. The most recent issue featured an interview with ex-Chelsea striker Solomon Kalou, an article about the best Caribbean players to appear in the Premier League and came with a supplement titled “The CARICOM Guide to Black Male Mental Health.”

SEASON Zine

UK Best Football Magazine Soccer Publication Sports Black Culture Fans Female GIrls Womens Buy Cop Purchase Gift Guide Subscription Details

Season Zine

Launched in 2016 by Felicia Pennant, SEASON Zine covers both football and fashion from a female fan’s perspective. According to Pennant, the magazine was founded “to counter the male, pale and sometimes stale state of modern football culture.” As well as running a magazine, SEASON also focuses on community, and frequently hosts events designed to bring together its audience. The magazine “tells stories that showcase, celebrate and empower female fans authentically, while unpacking important issues.” The recently-released sixth issue features Arsenal and England Lionesses defender Leah Williamson on the cover.

OOF

UK Best Football Magazine Soccer Publication Sports Black Culture Fans Female GIrls Womens Buy Cop Purchase Gift Guide Subscription Details

OOF

Biannual magazine OOF focuses on the relationship between art and football. In the three issues that have been released to date, the magazine has looked at the work of artists including Juergen Teller, Chris Ofili, Rosie Wylie and Sam Taylor-Johnson, artists chosen because they “peel back the layers of meaning in this obsessive sport, and help us make sense of something bigger and more ungraspable in the process.” As well as the magazine, OOF has further explored the relationship between art by curating football-focused exhibitions and events.

Gaffer

UK Best Football Magazine Soccer Publication Sports Black Culture Fans Female GIrls Womens Buy Cop Purchase Gift Guide Subscription Details

Gaffer

Issue one of Gaffer — which released in February this year — spotlighted the best English rising stars across football and music. This saw Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe alongside artists including Yxng Bane, Siobhan Bell and Kojo Funds. The first issue also featured the next generation of England’s Women’s team and a range of other players on the threshold of making their full international debut.

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

484 Users Online

What to Read Next

Prada Goes Sci-Fi for the Cloudbust Thunder Sneaker
Footwear 

Prada Goes Sci-Fi for the Cloudbust Thunder Sneaker

Presented by Prada
With rubber lugged soles that channel Frankenstein.

Offset and Cardi B Drop Torrid "Clout" Music Video
Music

Offset and Cardi B Drop Torrid "Clout" Music Video

A passionate affair drenched in yellow.

This Pristine Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Is Hitting the Auction Block
Automotive

This Pristine Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Is Hitting the Auction Block

One of just 1400 produced.


adidas' Yung-1 Is Splashed With Neon Accents
Footwear

adidas' Yung-1 Is Splashed With Neon Accents

Commemorating the fifth anniversary of BILLYS ENT Tokyo.

Seiko & LOWERCASE Release the "Solar Tuna" With a Faded Ghost Bezel
Fashion

Seiko & LOWERCASE Release the "Solar Tuna" With a Faded Ghost Bezel

Vintage styling with solar technology.

Wood Wood Spotlights UNDERCOVER & AFFIX in Vibrant SS19 Editorial
Fashion

Wood Wood Spotlights UNDERCOVER & AFFIX in Vibrant SS19 Editorial

Featuring the recent Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance 997 collaboration.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.