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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 m...

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 Sta...

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 ...

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 dec...

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.

FIFA: The Geo-Politics of the Global Game

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 07.30.2015 | Sports
Marco Vicenzino

Although geopolitics will always play some role in shaping international football, it should not be allowed to dictate its course. This further underscores the fundamental need for FIFA's transformational reform and restoring the credibility of the global game.

Carli Lloyd Isn't Done Scoring Goals Just Because The World Cup Is Over

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.30.2015 | Sports

Carli Lloyd extended her goal-scoring streak to a seventh straight game on Wednesday -- a run which dates back to her scintillating Women's World Cup ...

Mexico Soccer Coach Miguel Herrera Fired After Alleged Fight With Journalist

Reuters | Justin Block | Posted 07.28.2015 | Sports

MEXICO CITY, July 28 - Mexico coach Miguel Herrera was fired on Tuesday, a day after he allegedly punched a reporter at the Philadelphia airport who ...

With Apologies to My Mother

Juliana Barbassa | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Juliana Barbassa

Holding my own country to different -- lower -- standards would be the real offense. I expect more, not less, of Brazil.

FIFA'S Blatter Butters Up Putin To Push 2018 World Cup

Associated Press | Andrew Hart | Posted 07.25.2015 | Sports

FIFA and Sepp Blatter put their corruption crisis aside and got back to World Cup business at the 2018 tournament qualifying draw hosted by Vladimir ...

Equal Pay for Equal Play: How Corporate Sponsors Can Change Sport

Hudson Taylor | Posted 07.21.2015 | Sports
Hudson Taylor

Corporate leaders have found over the years that doing the right thing not only makes financial sense, but it gives them a unique opportunity to lead, across all sectors: business, government, and social.

Los Angeles Girls Win National Soccer Championship

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 07.21.2015 | Los Angeles
Tanya Young Williams

Most definitely inspired by the U.S. women's soccer team becoming The World Cup champions, 20 young ladies, representing Santa Monica United Football Club (SMU), traveled from the Los Angles to Kansas determined to bring a national championship back to southern California.

FIFA's Proposed Reforms Not Enough To Force Real Change, Critics Say

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 07.20.2015 | Sports

FIFA President Sepp Blatter reiterated his intention to step down and announced a series of reform proposals at a Zurich press conference on Monday, ...

Wimbledon, the (Women's) World Cup, and Gender Equality

Michael Kimmel | Posted 07.17.2015 | Sports
Michael Kimmel

What a week for gender equality, huh? Let's compare the two for a moment. At Wimbledon, the male and female champions played on the same courts, received the same massive paycheck (over $2.9 million each), which was handed to each of them by the Duke of Kent, the president of the All-England club.

FIFA Hires Former Clinton Aide's Firm Amid Scandals

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 07.16.2015 | Sports

  Teneo Holdings, a corporate advisory firm co-founded by former Bill Clinton confidant Doug Band, signed on this week to offer strategic advice...

What Young Women Love About The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.14.2015 | Sports

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What The World Cup Win Means For Out Female Athletes

Lauren Neidigh | Posted 07.13.2015 | Sports
Lauren Neidigh

When we work towards inclusion and acceptance, we win championships. We bring out love in all of its forms and light up the world with it. It can help those of us who still face hate and discrimination. We should be changing the game, not each other.

Robbie Rogers Wants To Be 'Extremely Flamboyant' At Anti-LGBT Russia, Qatar World Cups

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.13.2015 | Sports

The world's only gay professional footballer doesn't plan on hiding who he is at the next two World Cups.  LA Galaxy fullback Robbie Rogers told...

Russia, Qatar World Cups Linked To 28 Acts Of Possible Money Laundering

AP | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.13.2015 | Sports

BERN, Switzerland — Swiss federal prosecutors have new evidence of 28 acts of possible money laundering linked to FIFA's 2018 and 2022 World Cu...