Fewer young people want to become soccer referees. They fear growing abuse and even physical attacks. In the lower divisions, in particular, referees are insulted, spat upon and threatened.
In the end, World Cup 2018 belonged to France. But the path to Sunday's final was far from predictable. Fallen giants, rising stars, VAR controversies and 70 set piece goals all played a part. DW takes a look back.
England have banished history and finally won a World Cup penalty shootout. They defeated Colombia 4-3 from the spot, with Jordan Pickford and Eric Dier proving the Three Lions' heroes.
Greece's top football league will resume on Saturday following a lengthy suspension after a club president confronted a referee while carrying a gun. All 16 clubs have agreed to new anti-violence measures.
Bibiana Steinhaus made headlines as the first woman to referee in a major European league. But things are different away from the Bundesliga spotlight, as two female referees in Germany's amateur leagues told DW.
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