Innovation and the newest translational research and applied approaches within the five codes of football will be the focus of the 9th World Congress on Science and Football. Four days of keynote presentations, parallel stream sessions and workshops will focus on the key themes:

Player Health and Wellbeing
A 360-degree view of the football player – inside and outside of the arena. This theme will include a specific focus on the challenges concussion injuries present to football codes.

Player Training and Monitoring
Cutting-edge approaches to enhance and control performance in football codes.

Technological aspects; development of on-field officials, physically and psychologically.

The Socio-Cultural Worlds of Football
Historical, cultural, sociological, and anthropological approaches to football codes and the heritage of these codes.

The Future of Football
Strategically aligning sport business and science.

Coaching – exploring the science and practice of coaching.
Open to all scientific disciplines whose research affects coaching practice.

Analytics and Statistics
The use of analytical and statistical techniques to analyse, visualise and communicate team-sport performance.

Technology in Sport
Current perspectives on technologies to track and monitor team-sport output, including manual video analysis, semi-automated tracking, wearables and advancements in turf and surface technologies.

Elite Academies: Challenges, Controversies, Successes
Talent ID, selection, development, pathways and transfer; specialisation.

Football is Medicine


2 July 2018: Abstract Submission opens
20 September 2018: Online Registration opens
18 December 2018: Abstract Submission closes
January 2019: Abstract Submission notifications

Tuesday 4 June 2019:
Registrations Open from 12pm
Congress Opening Keynotes
Welcome Reception

Wednesday 5 June 2019:
Full Conference Program

Thursday 6 June 2019:
Full Conference Program
Congress Dinner & Awards

Friday 7 June 2019:
Optional workshops and tours


VICTORIA UNIVERSITY – Institute for Health & Sport

Dr Kevin Ball, Senior Lecturer (Conference Chair)
Dr Fabio Serpiello, Senior Lecturer, Sport Physiology / Course Chair, Master of Sports Science (Football Performance) (Conference Co-Chair)
Michael Clayton, Manager – Industry, Community and Sport Engagement
Steve Gauci, Senior Administrative Officer