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Adding The USWNT To FIFA 16 Was Enormously Successful

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 11.30.2015 | Sports

Nearly five months after a World Cup title win on July 5, the U.S. Women’s National Team once again has statistical proof of its global popular...

Women in FIFA Is for Girls Everywhere

Mary McVeigh | Posted 11.25.2015 | Sports
Mary McVeigh

Following a FIFA Women's World Cup marred by a lawsuit over artificial turf, unequal prize money, and a corruption scandal, 2015 was on track to leave us with more questions than answers about what will come next to bridge these gaps.

Sepp Blatter Claims He Was Near Death During Recent Hospitalization

AP | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 11.23.2015 | Sports

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Members Of Congress Now Involved In Gender Equity Push At FIFA

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's crunch time at FIFA: A reform committee is meeting Friday in Zurich, Switzerland, to decide what changes to recommend for wor...

Why Gender Diversity Could Be FIFA's Saving Grace

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- FIFA is a hot mess. Fourteen officials were arrested in May on corruption charges and its president, Sepp Blatter, was suspended last m...

Bahraini Players' Support for Salman Raises More Questions Than Answers

James Dorsey | Posted 11.13.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Bahraini soccer players have sought in recent statements to absolve Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president and world soccer body FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a member of the Gulf island's ruling family, of any moral or direct responsibility for the arrest, dismissal and abuse of hundreds of sports executives and athletes accused of having protested against repressive and discriminatory rule.

Embattled World Cup Host Qatar Sends Mixed Messages

James Dorsey | Posted 11.11.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Embattled World Cup host Qatar is sending contradictory messages as it struggles with demands to improve migrant labour conditions and mounting questions about the integrity of its successful FIFA bid, confronts the fall-out of dropping energy prices, and seeks to project itself as both a key Western ally and a useful conduit to more militant Islamist forces.

AFC President's FIFA Presidential Bid Mired in Abuse of Human Rights Allegations

James Dorsey | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Assertions by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a candidate for the presidency of FIFA, that he was not involved in the arrest and abuse of sports executives and athletes in his naïve Bahrain in 2011 raise more questions than answers.

Futbol, Excellence and Mediocrity II

Robert Wilson | Posted 10.30.2015 | Sports
Robert Wilson

There may be a perception that MLS has deep pockets. Certainly, the profiles of the MLS owners would lead one to believe that that is the case. But in truth, the MLS business model is structured to avoid leveraging their wealth.

Republican Blocks Measure Urging Equal Pay For Female Soccer Players

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a resolution calling on FIFA, the international soccer governing body, to pay its female players...

22 Video Games to Skip Work for This Fall | Posted 10.28.2015 | Entertainment

very fall, all the big publishers in gaming get together and agree to release all their biggest games over the span of a single three-and-a-half-month period. While no one list could contain all of them, here are some of the most interesting games to look out for this fall.

Sepp Blatter Claims 2022 World Cup Was Supposed To Be In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 10.28.2015 | Sports

With virtually nothing to lose and everything to tell, suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed to Russian news outlet TASS that the United Sta...

New Qatari Labor Law: Too Little, Too Late

James Dorsey | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Never missing an opportunity to shoot itself in the foot, 2022 World Cup-host Qatar has adopted a new law that is more likely to convince critics that it aims to put a friendly face on its controversial kafala or sponsorship system rather than radically reform a legal framework that trade unions and human rights activists have dubbed modern slavery.

FIFA, Man United, and Torture in Bahrain

Brian Dooley | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

The 2011 targeting of footballers and other athletes in Bahrain following the pro-democracy protests there is threatening Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa's bid for the FIFA presidency.

FIFA Presidential Candidate Slammed By Human Rights Critics

AP | Justin Block | Posted 10.26.2015 | Sports

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahraini royal family member Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa is running for FIFA president, a move that will...

AFC Salman's FIFA Candidacy Puts Integrity Checks to the Test

James Dorsey | Posted 10.26.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa's candidacy for the presidency of world soccer body FIFA is likely to serve as a litmus test for newly introduced integrity checks on the group's executives.

Suspended FIFA Executive On Investigation: ‘I’m Bullet Proof’

AP | Erick Fernandez | Posted 10.19.2015 | Sports

ZURICH — Complaining that he is being "dragged through the mud" in the FIFA corruption investigation, Michel Platini believes he is "bullet pro...

OECD Holds FIFA Responsible for Qatari World Cup-related Labour Conditions

James Dorsey | Posted 10.18.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A Swiss government-sponsored unit of the Paris-based OECD has defined world soccer body FIFA as a multi-national bound by the group's guidelines. As a result, the group concluded that FIFA is responsible for the upholding of the human and labour rights of workers employed in Qatar on 2022 World Cup-related projects.

Israel Suspends Israeli-Palestinian Encounters on the Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 10.17.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Police said the suspension on soccer pitches that have long signalled mounting tensions, violence, and racism in Israeli society was because their forces where stretched to the limit in attempting to prevent Palestinian lone wolf attacks on Israeli Jews.

FIFA To Investigate If Germany Used Bribes To Secure World Cup

AP | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 10.16.2015 | Sports

ZURICH -- FIFA says allegations that Germany used bribes to secure the 2006 World Cup are "serious" and will be reviewed as part of its ongoing ...

Racist Israeli Soccer Fans in the Firing Line

James Dorsey | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Israel's most notorious soccer fan group, La Familia, known for its militant racism against Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims, has put itself in the firing line as Israeli-Palestinian confrontations threaten to spark a third Intifada or popular Palestinian uprising on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.

FIFA Replaces One Corrupt Official With Another

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 10.08.2015 | Sports

With 90-day suspensions handed down to both FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor UEFA President Michel Platini on Thursday, a ...

FIFA Temporarily Bans Sepp Blatter

AP | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.04.2015 | Sports

ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, the man who had been favored to take over as FIFA leader, were both suspende...

Sepp Blatter Faces 90-Day Suspension From FIFA

Reuters | Erick Fernandez | Posted 10.07.2015 | Sports

 ZURICH -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter faces an imminent 90 day suspension from football if the governing body's ethics judge backs a prosecutor...

A Kafkaesque Gymnastics Dream

Anne Josephson | Posted 10.05.2015 | Sports
Anne Josephson

Can you even imagine the outrage that would occur if an American child were removed from our national team in favor of a child from another country who had neither a U.S. parent nor grandparent and never set foot on U.S. soil?