Document Type : Research Paper


1 M.Sc Islamic Azad University (Shahrekord Branch)

2 Ph.D University of Shahrekord

3 M.Sc Mazandaran University

4 Ph.D Islamic Azad University (Shahrekord Branch)


The aim of this research was to study those economic barriers influencing foreign investment attraction in Iran football industry. The statistical population consisted of all managers and board of directors of the clubs of the premier league, board of directors of football federation and former directors of football (n=240). 148 subjects were selected as the sample by Morgan table and completed a researcher–made (using Delphi method in a pilot study) questionnaire which consisted of 63 items. The validity of the questionnaire was approved by 14 professionals. Reliability of the questionnaire was determined as 0.885 by Cronbach alpha coefficient. Data were analyzed with Kolmogorov–Smirnov test, Pearson correlation coefficient and factor analysis. Results showed a positive and significant relationship between economic factor and foreign investment attraction in Iran football industry. Based on the calculated loading factor, among those factors influencing the improvement of the current situation, privatization and attendance at stock exchange had the highest loading factors. Based on research findings, these barriers could be divided into three general categories: the first group included those barriers rooted in economic structure of the country; the second group consisted of those barriers rooted in the structure of Iran sport industry and the third group consisted of those rooted in the structure of football institutions.