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The Science of the World Cup

Inside Science is bringing you stories about the physiology, technology and science behind the beautiful game.

New research suggests that despite being tired, athletes can still sprint at top speed near the end of a long match.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Goal-line technology and a “VARification” system could reduce the number of controversial refereeing incidents during the tournament in Russia.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Aerodynamic experts suggest that Adidas' Telstar 18 should fly true and be less controversial than balls from past tournaments.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Taking the World Cup to another level.

Karin Heineman, ISTV Executive Producer

No stadiums at next summer's Women's World Cup will have grass.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the teams will battle extreme heat and humidity.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Researchers used wind tunnels to test Adidas' new 'Jabulani' soccer ball that will be used during all World Cup matches.

Devin Powell, Contributor

Why it's important to have a bit of luck to go along with a solid game strategy.

Chris Gorski, Editor