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A high school football game in Kapaa, Hawaii on the island of Kauai. Marco Garcia/AP Photo

Is youth football past its prime?

After decades of continuous growth, participation rates have started to decline. What does it mean for the future of the sport?
Robbie ‘Bones’ McGhie after playing in the 1973 Grand Final, in which his team, Richmond, won. Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive

‘Bones’ McGhie, a cigarette and nostalgia for a greater game

Football has changed dramatically in the 35 years since Richmond last had a chance at the Grand Final. But while footy is now 'an industry', the arrival of the first women's league is to be celebrated.
While this football player’s arms may look like they give him an onfield advantage, his fingers may actually be more predictive of his athletic ability. Ostill/Shutterstock.com

Finger size does matter… in sports

Athletic ability is often linked to size – of muscles and bones. New studies are suggesting, however, that the relative size of two fingers could be more predictive of ability.
Heritier Lumumba describes his experience of racism at Collingwood Football Club in Fair Game. SBS

Fair Game? The audacity of Héritier Lumumba

Héritier Lumumba played for Collingwood Football Club until 2014, where his teammates called him "Chimp". His experience mirrors that of many other black men in Australia, particularly in the workplace.
Survivors of a stampede at Demba Diop stadium, Senegal. Eight people were killed when a wall collapsed after fighting started between fans. EPA

The Demba Diop stadium football crush: Is this Senegal’s Hillsborough?

As Senegal mourns the victims of the Demba Diop football stadium crush and searches for answers, it is to be hoped that lessons are learned, and consequences are swift.

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