Editor’s Choice Football (Soccer) Collection European Journal of Sport Science

With excitement building around the World Cup in Russia, we thought it might be timely to publish a Virtual Special Issue on football (soccer). We have therefore collated a selection of football-related articles that have been published in the European Journal of Sport Science to highlight the multi-faceted nature of this most popular global sport. The papers that have been selected illustrate the fascinating complexity of the determinants of success in football including: coaching, environmental factors, fitness, footwear, home advantage​, injuries, learning, motivation, nutrition​, physiology, psychology, rehabilitation​, skill, social support, tactics, talent identification​, team work, training, and referee decisions. We hope for an exciting tournament, wish all 32 teams the best of luck, and look forward to further exploring the scientific and social bases to participation and performance in football.