High-profile cases of corruption, ticket touting and match fixing have led Italians to lose faith in the beautiful game.
Analysis of every goal-scoring opportunity at the 2015 Women's World Cup reveals the most effective ways for footballers to gain possession and create a chance to score.
The science of why people prefer to watch games with teams that are close in ability levels rather than a game where one team is far better than the other.
Female athletes barely receive more attention than horses and dogs. And if you're a woman who wants to become a sports journalist, you should steel yourself for some social media venom.
Here is a run-down on everything you need to know ahead of the championships.
The English Premier League was established in 1992 to do exactly what it is now doing.
Be careful before you rush your kids into so-called "talent identification" sports programs – you might be putting a whole lifetime of enjoyable exercise at risk.
The main sporting venues in Australian capitals have had an upgrade in recent times, with the notable exception of Sydney, where leaders seem mired in indecision and political bickering.
Commentators always like to imagine what players could have done better – we're using AI to prove it.
It's time Africa's top administrators tried to find out why top African players are choosing to represent European countries, so that they can work to rectify the situation.
Fans have shown they're willing to watch major sporting events on devices other than traditional TVs, but the technology is letting them down.
Be careful how you reward success. Was it achieved through hard-earned skill or just a lucky break?
If any game comes down to a penalty shootout then there's one spot a player should aim for to stand a better chance of scoring a goal.
Football presents itself as a neutral, universal and, in a way, desexualised sport. Yet despite widespread campaigns against homophobia, deeply negative attitudes about gay players persist.
Africa is a deeply divided continent along ideological, ethnic and territorial lines. Religion and football can produce consensus.
An expert gives a few tips on what makes the perfect penalty football kick.
The value of sport.
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As we reach the World Cup's halfway point, we're asking: what is sport worth? On today's episode, we explore the money and diplomatic power plays lingering behind the scenes of every big tournament.
China want to win the World Cup by 2050. This year, its team didn't even qualify for the tournament. China has money, power and a dream – but that doesn't add up to soccer brilliance.
The football world cup offers a useful chance to consider the apparent division between North and sub-Saharan Africa.
The Russian leader seems to understand the ability of sport to foment feelings of national pride and enhance his popularity at home.