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The survey also nailed the myth about women not being able to understand the offside rule, with 25 per cent of female fans able to grasp its intricacies, compared to just 23 per cent of men.
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be able to comfortably outspend the likes of Villa, Wolves and Albion in the transfer market, London football supporters are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
The region has come second in a league table of football stattos compiled for the Open University and the Football League Trust.
Mike Evans, general manager of the Football League Trust, said: "By bringing business to life through football, the degree is a great example of how using people's passion can help energise their education. So much work goes on behind the scenes at football clubs."
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Nationally, the research uncovered large disparities between British football fans' knowledge of the rules of the game compared with their understanding of the business decisions behind it.
"Fans that begin to understand the business of football, as well as they do the game itself, are in the best position to evaluate the actions of their beloved clubs," he said.
Most fans were reasonably aware of the rules of the game, scoring an average of 58 per cent.
The survey also proved the old footballing clich about there being no substitute for experience with the 55 plus age group scoring the highest overall at 39.5 per cent. By contrast, those in the 16 24 age group achieved just 24.5 per cent. The 20 point questionnaire tackled a wide range of topics including the rules relating to back passes, time keeping, substitutions, defensive walls and corner kicks while also covering business and footballing finance subjects such as players' contracts and salaries, operating profits, sources of club revenue, television rights and taxation.
score of just 16 per cent.
The study of more than 1,000 British footie fans was carried out to mark the launch of the Open University's new BA (Hons) business management degree in sport and football which has been developed in partnership with the Football League Trust.
Midland supporters actually topped the table when it came to knowledge about the commercial side of the game, but with a score of just 18 per cent, there is still room for improvement.
The survey was carried out by pollster Opinion Matters and compares on pitch and off pitch knowledge uncovering the areas of Britain with the best informed fans.
Ben Oakley, senior lecturer at the Open University and a former Olympic coach, said: "Football is a sport that generates a huge level of emotion amongst its supporters. Every action a manager or player makes, both on and off the pitch, is dissected and discussed. Everyone has an opinion and these on going narratives are all a part of football's appeal.
Only 12 per cent of those questioned understand the basics of football player contracts, with 44 per cent believing that a player could only leave a club if they were sold or reached the end of their contract.
Supporters from the north east topped the league table with an overall score of 40 per cent, with Midlanders coming a close second at 38.5 per cent. Londoners, by contrast, scored only Puma Velvet Creepers Size 9 33 per cent.
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