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Every World Cup, Adidas introduces a new ball, and this year’s is called the Al Rihla. Joern Pollex/FIFA via Getty Images

World Cup: This year’s special Al Rihla ball has the aerodynamics of a champion, according to a sports physicist

Adidas releases a new ball for every World Cup. At the highest level of play, a ball that behaves in unexpected ways can throw players off. A sports physicist explains the science of this year’s ball.
Fans of the Portland Thorns hold protest signs during a game in 2021. AP Photo/Steve Dipaola

Abuse in women’s professional soccer was an ‘open secret’ – the ‘bystander effect’ and structural barriers prevented more players from speaking out

A new report has highlighted ‘systemic’ verbal, emotional and sexual abuse of women’s soccer players. Many feared retaliation if they spoke out, while others didn’t think it was their place.
Barcelona’s Aitana Bonmati (L) celebrates with teammates during the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter final. EPA-EFE/Alejandro Garcia

How fans fall in love with women’s football

Watching big events, like the Olympics, on television was a key route into fandom.

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