Passionate Socceroos fans will be dreaming big about Australia winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia - but probability models reveal interesting data about the actual chances of a shock success.
The corruption at FIFA, not to mention the blatant violation of labour standards in Qatar, show why the economic impact of global sport is everyone's business, writes Tim Harcourt.
Our social identities lie at the core of many psychological processes, including the emotional reactions of football fans to their teams' victories and losses, writes Lisa Williams.
The abuse of migrant workers constructing venues for Qatar's 2022 World Cup is an issue for all who love the “beautiful game”, write Justine Nolan and Bassina Farbenblum.
If Brazil can successfully host the World Cup, its rewards in the stock market, international trade, tourism and global politics will outweigh the huge costs of running the event, writes Tim Harcourt.
As the Socceroos brace for their first test in the so-called Pool of Death, a group of teenagers is preparing to jet off for Brazil in what may well be Australia’s best World Cup hope.
The other Australian team heading to the World Cup in South Africa - UNSW's Football United - had a successful warm-up match against politicians in Canberra this week.
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has donated $20,000 to a team of refugee and migrant youths who are seeking to to be part of this year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa.