Saudi Arabia, under domestic and international pressure to grant women sporting rights, is creating separate stadium sections so that female spectators and journalists can attend soccer matches in a country that has no public physical education or sporting facilities for women.
There is increasingly little doubt that soccer, a historic nucleus of protest in Algeria, is signaling that popular discontent could again spill into the streets of Algiers and other major cities.
Soccer is emerging as a focal point of dissent in Saudi Arabia, an oil-rich kingdom that despite banning demonstrations by law is struggling to fend off the waves of change sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.
Assuming that Germans are in no way more nationalistic than Spaniards, Italians or Englishmen, what then are the reasons for this difference in tone and demeanor?
Imagine Steve Kroft, 60 Minutes anchor, being a critic of President Obama. Now, imagine Obama mandating the Washington Redskins change their starting...
Former manager Alex Ferguson often said that Beckham practiced with a discipline to achieve an accuracy that other players wouldn't care about.
I had never understood the power of soccer to unite a country transcend all differences of race, class and region until I spent time in Brazil during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Like the 2014 World Cup, the 2013 Confederations Cup is based in Brazil and thereby gives FIFA an opportunity to assess the match-readiness of Brazil's stadiums and infrastructure and participating coaches and teams the experience of playing competitive football in Brazil.
As excitement builds within the global soccer community ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, so does ...
It's often referred to as one of the last gay taboos in Britain: an out gay professional footballer. But why does a large proportion of the gay (and straight) media, as well as a large section of society in general, seem to be obsessed with the prospect of an out pro footballer?
In the latest incident of racism, Iran's soccer federation this month banned Paykan FC coach Firouz Karimi for eight games and fined him $3,000 for calling Dutch player of African descent Sendley Sidney Bito a cannibal and a Negro and refusing to shake his hand.
The resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United marks the end of an era. To be more accurate, it marks the end of two eras.
Let's hope that the youth sports community in the United States will respond to Ricardo Portilla's death with the moral outrage expressed throughout Europe.
Fans are voting with their feet. Not in mass protests -- as those that toppled the leaders of Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen -- but by staying away from matches. What effectively amounts to a fan boycott, is most evident in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Next week's Asian Football Confederation presidential elections designed to elect a leader to clean up two years of alleged financial mismanagement and unethical business conduct are increasingly marred by doubts that real reform is on the horizon.
Employment-related complaints by two international players, one of whom is barred from leaving Qatar, threaten to overshadow the 2022 World Cup organizing committee's release of a charter of worker's rights designed to fend off criticism of labor conditions in the Gulf state.