When England play a match, there's a 26% increase in reports of domestic abuse. When they lose, reports go up 38%.
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.
In the hunt for the next Messi, conventional wisdom favours football players with lots of experience at an early age. Research and England's example may advocate a different approach.
England's on-field performances have been matched by some fairly forgettable songs over the years.
The Russia and Qatar World Cups are backward steps for LGBT rights – unless FIFA can use the tournaments to achieve change.
Video assistant referees have led to some controversial decisions at the World Cup. Rather than improving the quality of decision making by on-field refs, VAR could undermine it instead.
A great deal of hope was placed on a few outstanding African players whose abilities did not blossom at the World Cup.
Every England fan in Moscow knows that that football is 'coming home', but can England really claim to be where the world's most popular sport rests its head?
Some on the left view sport as a distraction. But life is a struggle. And there shouldn't be anything wrong with finding something to celebrate.
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.
Sport is full of high-pressure language which if eradicated can help athletes to express themselves and perform at their best.
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.
World Cup jerseys have to please players, national officials, FIFA rulemakers and – perhaps most importantly – fans who buy them to show support for their teams.
Thanks to the #metoo and 'everyday sexism' movements, the sexism at this World Cup is not going unnoticed.
Five questions about World Cup fandom, answered by psychology.
The Russian 'exclave' ignored its Soviet past, remembered its German roots, but now looks east again.
Online gambling collects a huge amount of data. But instead of personalising offers to keep you hooked, real-time data can be used to prevent problematic gambling behaviour.
In the US, smiling is a reflexive gesture of goodwill, but Russians view it as a sign of stupidity. Social psychology research could help explain this cultural contrast.