Have you ever made a connection between football and award winning student research? This workshop introduces The Playbook for Research Methods: Integrating conceptual frameworks and project management. Using extensive metaphors from football, the author-presenter introduces research tools which can transform writing a paper into managing a project while bringing coherence and creativity to the empirical research process (purpose, literature review, conceptual framework, methods, data analysis). These connections are illustrated using examples of student research. Come and see how football and quality student research are connected!