Call for Papers: Topical Collection on Football Research

Advances in engineering and technology are driving change within association football more than ever. From understanding the performance of ball flight, player-surface interaction and team dynamics; to addressing safety aspects of playing surfaces, footballs and wearable technologies; to electronic officiating and fan engagement through connected technologies; engineering and technology research plays a key role in shaping the future of football. In order to consolidate and promote this role, this Topical Collection entitled ‘Football Research’ is dedicated to recent advances in research and development in footballs, playing surfaces, player and equipment interaction, player safety, performance analytics, team dynamics and officiating technologies.

We invite you to submit research articles, reviews, or technical notes on the latest research in these areas, with emphasis on applications in all areas of football-related research and engineering.


  • Soccer 
  • Association football
  • Footballs
  • Surfaces
  • Biomechanics
  • Player Perception
  • Player Surface Interaction
  • Player Safety
  • Team dynamics
  • Performance analytics
  • Player Tracking
  • Ball Tracking
  • Image Processing
  • Officiating
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation

Topical Collection Publication

Topical Collections will accept submissions between the opening and closing dates. Successful submissions will be published in the Sports Engineering journal and feature as part of the online Topical Collection. Please indicate your intention to submit a paper when possible with an email to the guest editors. Please include a tentative title and indicate the type of paper (original research, review, technical note). Submissions are open from 1st January 2020 to 1st June 2022 using the journal's online submission system. All manuscripts will undergo the usual review process.

Guest Editors:

Dr Marcus Dunn, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Mr Johsan Billingham, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, Switzerland.

Prof Paul Fleming, Loughborough University, UK.

Prof John Eric Goff, University of Lynchburg, USA.

Prof Sam Robertson, Victoria University, Australia.