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Football Federation Australia has scored some own goals this year. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Season wrap: Goals – and own goals – in Australian football

What should have been a great year for Australian soccer has been let down by underwhelming fan interest and a distracting dispute between Football Federation Australia and A-League clubs.
Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring a goal at Afcon 2017. He plays his club football in Germany for Borussia Dortmund. Mike Hutchings/Reuters

African footballers face an allegiance problem: country versus club

The sheer number of top African footballers playing in foreign leagues is one of the most notable trends of the current Africa Cup of Nations tournament. It has an impact on the African game too.
From 2026 onwards there will be 48 countries in the final FIFA World Cup tournament instead of the current 32. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Is FIFA expanding the football World Cup for the good of the game?

The main objections raised to FIFA"s planned expansion of the World Cup are that the decision has been made on financial and/or political rather than footballing grounds.

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