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Top 19 Interesting Sports Research Paper Topics To Look Into

These are some really great ideas that you may like to consider as a Sports research paper topic.

  1. Sports and Traumatic Brain Injuries. At what point do Sports have to start changing some of their rules and regulations in response to possible brain trauma?
  2. Age and Contact Sports. Should children under the age of 12 be allowed to take part in contact sports? Should the rules be the same for Girls and boys?
  3. Professional Sports and Tattoos. People should be allowed to express themselves but what message do highly tattooed professional sports people make to young people.
  4. Performance enhancing drugs. Has the use of performance enhancing drugs had on the Tour de France and other similar sports?
  5. Long term use of steroids. What are the possibilities of devising a successful program that can help amateur sportsmen and women avoid using steroids.
  6. Media. What are the qualities and experience that are necessary to make a good sports commentator? How much player experience do they need?
  7. Media and Soccer. Did the Media give as much coverage of the Women’s World Cup Soccer as the Male equivalent? If not why?
  8. Spectator Sports. Which sports can be defined as spectator sports? Why have spectator sports grown over the past 30 years? How can we achieve a balance?
  9. History and Sports. There seems to have been a growth of new sports over the past few years (e.g. Frisbee Golf), why have these changes come about?
  10. Advertising and Sports. How has advertising be big companies changed sports? You could look at this from the point of view of the sport sponsorship to trophies.
  11. Sports Scholarships. How do students with sports scholarships manage their studies as well as playing sports? Has this changed over the past 20 years?
  12. Medicine and Sports Injuries. What sorts of injuries are specific to particular sports? How can people guard against these injuries
  13. Careers after Sport. Besides coaching what other career options are available to someone who is very interested in sports? What qualifications do they need?
  14. Sexes and Sport. Can all sports be played by both sexes? Why do there have to be separate teams for males and females? Is this fair?
  15. Football (Soccer), a universal language? Soccer is known throughout the world, how can this sport help towards global peace?
  16. Skills and Sport. Is sport just about physical strength? Does it require more skills such as math and problem solving? Give examples.
  17. Famous Athletes. Who stands out as being one of the world’s most famous athletes? What influence have they had on their sport and beyond?
  18. FIFA. How can we be sure that the same mistakes are not made again? What led to some of the difficulties that occurred?
  19. The most memorable sporting event. What is the most memorable sporting event and why? How could it be more memorable?

Produced by Students at Duke University in the Fall of 2009 and the Fall of 2013

These pages were originally written by students in Duke’s “World Cup and World Politics” class taught by Professor Laurent Dubois during the Fall term of 2009. The students all initially wrote individual research papers, and based on these papers we formed groups around the topics below. They then collectively produced these web pages.In 2013, the students in the Duke class “Soccer Politics,” taught by Laurent Dubois and Achille Mbembe, edited and updated these pages.

Please do not quote or draw from these essays without proper citation. The authors for each web page are noted at the beginning of the main page for each topic.  To access the sites click on the page descriptions below or the links to the right.


Explore the History, Politics and Economics of the sport in Africa from colonialism to the present and reflect upon the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Written in 2009 by Katie Greenstreet, Cole Grossman,  Nelson De Oliveira, and Robert Weaver

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Morganne Gagne, Lauren Oliveri, and June Zhang


Learn about the history of football in Brazil through the biographies of great players: Friedenreich, El Garrincha, Zico, Pelé, Ronaldo, Kaká, and Neymar; as well as its famous managers.

by Federica Burelli, James Goldberg, Steve Johnson, Kayla Kirk, Chris Straka, and Quentin Ybarra

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Ramsey Al-Khalil, Jordan Cirocco, and Halsey Friedel

El Clasico as Spanish History

Delve into the roots and history of one of the greatest footballing rivalries on the globe: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

by Austin Esecson, Remy Lupica, and Neel Muthana

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Austin Ness, Vishnu Kadiyala, Natasha Catrakilis, Julianna Miller, and Basil Seif

European Icons of the 1980s and 1990s

Follow the careers and controveries surrounding of some of the greatest players in recent European history: Beckenbauer, Keane, Cantona and Henry.

Written in 2009 by Will Burke, Christophe Lafargue, Lucas Lallinger, Chris Senior and Andrew Wenger

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Michael Reintgen, Matt Ochs, and Jun Yoon

Football and Politics in Europe: 1930s-1950s

Learn about the uses of and struggles over football in Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and Communist Hungary

by Hilah Almog, Emma Anspach, and Taylor Spragens

Edited & Updated in 2013 by Brittney Balser and Alessandro Santalbano

The Football Industry in Contemporary Europe

A critical analysis of the coaches, managers, players, and back-room deals that make today’s European football industry work

by David Lue, Sabreena Merchant, Jeffrey Nash, and Ethan Settel

An Exploration of Politics & the Beautiful Game in The Middle East

The history and politics of football in Iran, Iraq and Turkey, and an exploration of women’s soccer in the region

Written in 2009 by Velihan Erdogdu, Risa Isard, Brian Kim, and Danny Mammo

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Maggie Lin and Patricia Spears

Players and Migration

Learn about the legal implications of the Bosman ruling and follow controversies and debates surrounding players of immigrant background in France and Sweden

by David Carlson and Aron Yassin

The Politics of Football in Latin America

Explore the intersection of politics and football in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Uruguay

by Will Flaherty, Courtney Ginn, Langley King, David Levine and David Nammour


From the nineteenth century to the present, an exploration of the history and passions surrounding Scottish football

by Bradford Colbert, Tran King, and Cullen Sinclair

Soccer in the U.S.

Soccer has struggled to find a place in the professional sports of the U.S.  Why? What does the future hold?

Written in 2009 by Julia Fogleman, Lucas Nevola and Kelsey Ontko

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Matt Darlow, Dan Carp, Bryan Silverman and Matt Berezo

The Soccer War

In 1969, a qualifying World Cup match between El Salvador and Honduras started a war

Written in 2009 by Claire Lockerby, Steven McMullen and Yuriy Veytskin

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Matthew Schorr, Lindsey Barrett and Colby Leachman

The World Cup in 2018 and 2022

After 2014 in Brazil, who will host these future world cups? Find out about the process and its history and the current bids

Written in 2009 by Umberto Plaja and Steffi Decker.

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Ian Bruckner, Vinay Kumar, Colby Shanafelt, Tuck Stapor, and Jordan Pearson

Women’s Soccer in the U.S.

Learn about the development of women’s soccer, relive the 1999 World Cup, and explore the past and future of professional Women’s Soccer

by Gretchen Miller, Jon Scheyer, and Emily Sherrard

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Gilda Doria, Christina Malliris, and Avery Rape

Zidane and the 1998 World Cup

Zinedine Zidane, the son of Algerian immigrants, became an hero and commercial icon in France after clinching the 1998 World Cup for France

Written in 2009 by Sara Murphy and Alex Tschumi

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Kavin Tamizhmani, Becca Fisher, Caitlin Moyles, Rosa Toledo, and Elena Kim

We welcome comments, critiques and suggestions. Enjoy!

The Chinese Super League

Chinese Super League Buys Old and Tired European Players

Why is the Chinese Super League Winning and the MLS Loosing?

Written in 2016 by William Hague

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