Will an African nation ever win the Football World Cup? Key moments in past tournaments offer hope -- and a warning that the continent needs to invest in the game.
The Algerian regime has long understood how to mobilise the national football team's victories for a political agenda.
The AFL and NRL have larger fan bases, and soccer more youth participants. Rugby union must find new ways to grow interest in the sport to reclaim its place in the Australian sporting landscape.
Women's football has made great strides, but when it comes it comes to media coverage, governance or funding, female athletes still suffer greatly from gender bias.
Women’s sports have been stuck in a boom-and-bust cycle for the past 20 years. It’s time to start a new narrative.
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.
For years, women footballers have resorted to everything from strikes to lawsuits to fight for gender equity. Why is it taking so long to close the pay gap?
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.
The best team to lift the trophy was Brazil's star-studded 1970 team.
The Pakistani women who make the majority of the world's high-quality soccer balls belong to one of the most vulnerable groups in the global economy.
A mix of alcohol, heightened emotions and toxic masculinity are to blame for surges in family violence perpetrated by sports fans.
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.
A great deal of hope was placed on a few outstanding African players whose abilities did not blossom at the World Cup.
The beautiful game still needs to perform on bigger social issues.
Africa is a deeply divided continent along ideological, ethnic and territorial lines. Religion and football can produce consensus.
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.