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US adds to pressure on Qatar to move on labour reform

James Dorsey | Posted 07.07.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey A recently published US State Department report on human trafficking provides Qatar with yet another roadmap to counter World Cup-...

The Sacrifices We Parents Make -- Even When We Don't Understand Why

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.06.2016 | Parents
The University of Central Florida Forum

Here in Florida, soccer is still my daughter's first love. It's what she wants to do in high school, in college, as a career (as well as speak six languages). Soccer is her life. And, I'm there to support her because that is what parents do.

How To Pay For Healthy Longevity

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.30.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The pharmaceutical industry has become the object of derision over the past couple decades. Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign marked a high-water moment in this swelling critique, as Mr. Gore juxtaposed 'Big Pharma' alongside 'Big Tobacco' as a central part of his populist message.

Britain Sends A Message To You, Hillary

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Early morning, June 24th, Great Britain did what few polls, and politicians, predicted it was capable of doing: stand up for itself. "

Despite Maradona & Ruidiaz's "Hand of God" Goals, Just Say No to Multi-Minute Instant Replay Delays in Footy!

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 06.14.2016 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

My friend Bruce Peters, who's an award-winning, TV production sound mixer, is a self-confessed soccer fanatic. He went to World Cup 2014 in Brazil. He...

The Homelessness Crisis: Tackling the Misconceptions Through the Power of Sport

Homeless World Cup | Posted 06.08.2016 | Sports
Homeless World Cup

Next month, players from 52 countries around the world will be convening in Glasgow for the 2016 Homeless World Cup - all for the love of football...

Top Soccer Official Says Trump Presidency Would Hurt U.S. World Cup Bid

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.08.2016 | Sports

A Donald Trump presidency could have a negative impact on the United States' efforts to host the 2026 World Cup, U.S. Soccer Federation President Suni...

Leicester City, the Costa Rica of the Premier League

Sebastian Castro | Posted 05.16.2016 | Sports
Sebastian Castro

If you wonder why I'm making this comparison, then you're probably not Costa Rican. So before going on any further, I'd like to try (and I say try because no word will do it justice) to explain what the past World Cup meant for Costa Rica.

The Shrinking European Chess Championship

Dylan Loeb McClain | Posted 05.16.2016 | Sports
Dylan Loeb McClain

Players at the European Individual Chess Championship in Gjakov, Kosovo, during Round 2. Photo from the official Web site. The European Individual Ch...

FIFA’s Finally Taking World Cup Human Rights Abuses Seriously

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 04.22.2016 | Sports

Reforming FIFA, the governing body for international soccer perhaps best known for employing executives accused of corruption, is not an overnight pro...

Report Tells FIFA To Protect Human Rights Or Move World Cup From Qatar

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 04.14.2016 | Sports

International soccer's governing body needs to improve its practices for protecting human rights or consider moving the 2022 World Cup from Qatar, an ...

Abuse Of Qatari World Cup Workers Continues Despite Promised Reforms

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 03.31.2016 | Sports

Qatar's promises that it would reform a labor system international observers have likened to "modern slavery" have failed to cause meaningful change f...

Johan Cruyff and the End of an Era

Cas Mudde | Posted 03.24.2016 | Sports
Cas Mudde

Like most people of my generation from the Netherlands, my life is closely associated with that of Johan Cruyff, the Dutch football icon who died Thursday at the age of 68. Wherever I would go around the world, people would bring up "Kroif".

Subtle Policy Changes Could Reinforce Qatari Focus On Sports

James Dorsey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

They argue that Sheikh Tamim, who took office after his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, stepped down in 2013, has begun with the reshuffle to move the old guard aside and pave the road for change.

U.S. Brings Corruption Charges Against 16 More FIFA Officials

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.04.2015 | Sports

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted an additional 16 international soccer officials on various corruption charges, Attorney General Loretta Ly...

Saudi vs.Team Timor: Space Jam Soccer Edition

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.19.2015 | Sports
Atif Choudhury

For the last two months, I have had the life-changing opportunity to live and work in the beautiful nation of Timor-Leste. This has been especially exciting as an avid soccer fan.

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 mo...

Prodigious Author Norman Giller's 100th Book -- He Now Has More Words Published Than Shakespeare and Dickens Combined!

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 11.02.2015 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

One of the best storytellers of the last 50 plus years is charming east London-born sports journalist, author and now also blogger Norman Giller, who recently dropped his journalist's cloak of neutrality and came out, as a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur football club!

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 Stat...

2022 World Cup Sparks Labour Reform, Just Not in Qatar

James Dorsey | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
James Dorsey

While focused on Qatar, the campaign also targeted other Gulf states and prompted other activists to focus on high-profile construction projects like sites for Western museums and universities in the UAE. It also motivated countries across the region to tinker with their labour systems.

Sydney Leroux Has A Positive Message For Young Biracial Girls

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 11.02.2015 | Sports

Sydney Leroux's life is so, so much different. This time last year, she was best known for justly complaining about FIFA's women's World Cup turf deci...

The Beautiful Game and the Goal of Belonging

Kim Samuel | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Kim Samuel

The Homeless World Cup is devoted to combating homelessness in Scotland and around the world. Soccer can be a means to equip and empower homeless people to change their lives, by restoring their confidence and self-esteem and replacing isolation with belonging.

Brazilian Soccer Superfan Clovis Acosta Fernandes Dead At 60

The Huffington Post | Erick Fernandez | Posted 09.16.2015 | Sports

Clovis Acosta Fernandes, the Brazilian soccer superfan whose face became recognizable throughout the world during the 2014 World Cup, has died at the ...

Club De Cuervos Is Netflix's Freshest New Series of the Year

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.10.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Netflix's brand new series is not only this summer's most binge-worthy delight, but should be applauded as a game changer in the burgeoning world of globally-designed entertainment.

Qatar's quagmire: existential fears and missed opportunities

James Dorsey | Posted 07.31.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Walking around Qatar's monumental Aspire Dome sports academy, coach Fred Engh noticed kids playing soccer on an indoor field big enough to accommodate four teams simultaneously during a break in an annual gathering of hundreds of sports leaders designed to project the Gulf state as an innovative, socially responsible global sports hub.