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How Nike Turns Plastic Bottles Into New Uniforms For U.S. Women's Soccer Team

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 04.23.2015 | Sports

Team USA will compete in FIFA's Women's World Cup this summer.

Global Soccer's Backslapping, Backstabbing Backroom Deal-making Politics

James Dorsey | Posted 04.18.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

World soccer is about to get another taste of the global soccer's wheeling and dealing with the likely election of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the head of the Association of National Committees (ANOC), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the influential Solidarity Commission of the International Olympic Committee.

Questions About Qatar's World Cup Hosting Get Renewed Boost

James Dorsey | Posted 04.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup hos...

ILO Victory Boosts Qatari Hopes of Defeating Efforts to Deprive It of World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 04.02.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A resolution by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to postpone until November a decision to investigate Qatar on charges of violating the Forced Labour and Labour Inspection Conventions is likely to boost the Gulf state's ability to defeat any attempt to strip it of the right to host the 2022 World Cup at next month's congress of world soccer body FIFA.

Ben Walsh

Why FIFA Won't Disclose How Much It Pays Its Executives

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.25.2015 | Sports

A lack of transparency at one of the world's most important sports institutions.

FIFA Made An Absurd Amount Of Money Off Of The Brazil World Cup

AP | Posted 03.20.2015 | Sports

ZURICH (AP) — The World Cup's commercial power led to record revenue of $2 billion for FIFA last year, with $337 million in profits coming from the ...

International Sports Associations Caught Between $ Signs and Human Rights Ideals

James Dorsey | Posted 03.13.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

To achieve its goal and avert any risk of being deprived of the right to host the World Cup, Qatar will have to follow through on its promises to significantly improve workers' working and living conditions.

Zimbabwe Gets Kicked Out of 2018 World Cup Qualifying

AP | Posted 03.12.2015 | Sports

You gotta pay to play.

Blatter's Call on Iran to Allow Women Into Stadia Reeks of Opportunism

James Dorsey | Posted 03.09.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

It will take more than a verbal statement to persuade either Iran of Saudi Arabia to lift restrictions on women's sports. To achieve that, Mr. Blatter would have to put a sufficiently high price tag on their failure to do so.

iPad-able?

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.13.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Qatar Asks for Time to Implement Labour Reforms

James Dorsey | Posted 04.05.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports is a cultural public diplomacy tool for Qatar to embed and endear itself at multiple layers of the international community. To achieve that however, it has to be seen as a forward looking 21st century state rather than a wealthy energy producer that adheres to no longer acceptable concepts of human and labour relations.

Davos Awakenings

Sharan Burrow | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Sharan Burrow

There is a story of catatonic patients who briefly wake up after being injected with a trial drug, before returning to catatonia. The same awakening could be true for the gathering of elite business leaders every year in Davos at the World Economic Forum.

Soccer Soft Power: A Double-Edged Sword

James Dorsey | Posted 03.23.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

An avalanche of criticism of FC Bayern Muenchen, a leading soccer brand and Germany's most successful club, for playing a commercially driven friendly against Saudi Arabia's FC Al Hilal amid a crackdown on dissent in the kingdom.

Ukraine: Nationalist Flags, Insignia and Curious Symbolism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

On weekends, impromptu rallies may elicit the occasional interest of passers-by. At one point, I came upon a group of nationalists in Maidan square flanked by Ukrainian blue and yellow banners and a rather sinister-looking bunch of men in sunglasses.

A Vote for Prince Ali Is a Likely Vote for Change -- and for Challenge

James Dorsey | Posted 03.08.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein's announcement that he will challenge the world soccer body's four-time president Sepp Blatter in elections later this year has definitively turned the poll into a battle for the group's future.

Less Invisible: LGBT Images in Latino Media in 2014

Monica Trasandes | Posted 03.07.2015 | Latino Voices
Monica Trasandes

At GLAAD we're often asked how LGBT equality is doing in Latino USA and in Spanish-speaking countries. The answer isn't simple. We've seen many setbacks and there's a lot of work to do, but we've also seen some hard-fought wins.

Setting Benchmark in Battle for Statehood: Palestine Plays in Asian Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 03.04.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Palestine has set a new benchmark for nations like the Kurds and the Kosovars who see soccer as a key part of their toolbox to achieve statehood with its qualification for this month's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup even if the Palestinian road to statehood is increasingly pockmarked by seemingly insurmountable barriers.

Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

James Dorsey | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in a government-sponsored study and demands of trade union and human rights activists.

Soccer Santa Plays Scrooge In Brazil

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 02.20.2015 | Sports
Eric Ehrmann

Inflation, poor attendance, lackluster play and massive debts are causing Brazil's football clubs to count their pennies this Christmas.

Defiant FIFA Defending World Cup Votes

AP | JOHN LEICESTER | Posted 12.19.2014 | Sports

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cup...

Robbie Rogers Lashes Out At FIFA

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 12.18.2014 | Sports

Though Robbie Rogers hasn't appeared for the U.S. national soccer team since 2011, the Los Angeles Galaxy defender, as an openly gay athlete, has a un...

FIFA: No Equal Pay For Women Any Time Soon

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2015 | Sports

By Steve Keating OTTAWA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Women should not expect to be paid the same as men for many World Cups to come, said FIFA se...

FIFA Refuses To Help World Cup Workers

AP | Posted 12.02.2014 | Sports

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the welfare of migrant workers involved in building facilities for the 2022 World Cup in ...

Israeli Raid on Palestinian Soccer Association Signals Dangerous Hardening of Israeli-Palestinian Battle Lines

James Dorsey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The Israeli military said the incident had not been a raid. It said a routine patrol had asked some Palestinians for their identification cards, and when they said the cards were in Bnei Sakhnin's offices soldiers had entered the building to check their identities.

Boycott the World Cup and Demand Equality

Steve Siebold | Posted 01.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

Organizations like FIFA and the country of Qatar take away from the true spirit of the sport through their discrimination. Discriminating over one's sexual preference is uncalled for in any and all circumstances. It's common sense that homosexuals are no better or worse than anyone else, and should be left alone to live life on their own terms.