The World Congresses on Science and Football are held every four years (after beginning in 1987) and aim to provide a scientific forum for researchers and practitioners within all football codes in which to present their recent work, to advance the use of science in football. All discipline areas are represented: biomechanics, coaching, exercise physiology, match analysis, motor behaviour, performance profiling, psychology, sports medicine and training.

The 2019 World Congress on Science and Football will be hosted by Victoria University’s Institute for Health & Sport.

Victoria University, is committed to undertaking high impact research that shapes healthier, smarter and more sustainable communities across 6 interdisciplinary areas of research focus:

  • Building resilient & inclusive communities
  • Effective teaching & learning practices for diverse populations
  • Enabling healthy & active populations
  • Enhancing high performance in sport
  • Enhancing the evidence base for public policy development
  • Supporting industry responses to change.

By placing our students, researchers, and external partners at the very heart of issues they are passionate about, we effect change that benefits the economy, society and environment.


Sport, health and active living research is undertaken by our newly formed Institute for Health & Sport (IHES).

The Institute for Health & Sport incorporates and builds upon some of the research undertaken at VU prior to 2018 by:

  • ISEAL (Institute for Sport, Exercise & Active Living)
  • Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention & Management (CCD)
  • Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (CCDW).

The two key interdisciplinary areas of research focus for IHES are:

  • Enabling healthy & active populations
  • Enhancing high performance in sport.

The goal of the Enhancing high performance in sport research is to enhance high performance in sport systems, policies and practices by advancing and translating our understanding of bio-physical and psycho-social processes and theories.

Our research in sport research spans topics such as:

  • clinical exercise science
  • exercise performance
  • GPS devices in sport
  • medical physiology
  • muscle and exercise metabolism
  • sport in society
  • sport leadership
  • sport science
  • women as leaders in sport.

This research focus area involves collaboration with many of our partnership organisations and institutions, including:

  • Australian Football League
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Australian Paralympic Committee
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Australian Sports Technologies Network
  • FIFA
  • International Tennis Federation
  • Western Bulldog AFL Club.

Past conferences have been held in:

  • 2015: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • 2011: Nagoya (Japan)
  • 2007: Antalya (Turkey)
  • 2003: Lisbon (Portugal)
  • 1999: Sydney (Australia)
  • 1995: Cardiff (Wales)
  • 1991: Eindhoven (the Netherlands)
  • 1987: Liverpool (England)