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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 12.05.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.13.2014 | 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.

FIFA's Investigator Blasts 'Erroneous' Report On His Own Investigation

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 11.14.2014 | Sports

GENEVA (AP) -- Hours after a FIFA judge cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption in their winning World Cup bids, the American who led the investigation...

Dave Jamieson

FIFA Is Keeping Its Corruption Report Secret

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Joining a growing international chorus, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) on Thursday asked soccer's international governing body to release the fi...

Bridging the Generational Divide between a Football Father and a Soccer Son

John McCormick | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

Every generation has its own collective character, its likes and dislikes, its passions and indifferences. While baseball was tops in my dad's day and football in mine, many youth today are embracing soccer as the new "in" sport.

FIFA Executive Says He Doesn't Think 2022 World Cup Will Be In Qatar

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2014 | Sports

* Zwanziger is member of FIFA Executive Committee * Plans under way to shift World Cup to European winter (Updates with FIFA reaction...

Are the NFL's Woes Good for Soccer?

Michael J. Agovino | Posted 11.17.2014 | Sports
Michael J. Agovino

It goes without saying that this has been a bad couple of weeks for the NFL, so much so that a tweet -- post-Ray Rice, pre-Adrian Peterson -- came my way that read, "Let's all start watching soccer instead!"

Kingdom of Slaves

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Since FIFA picked Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the tiny and uber-rich Gulf emirate has increasingly come under scrutiny for its failure to protect the human rights of its burgeoning foreign workforce.

Another Scandal Hits FIFA

AP | By GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 11.06.2014 | Sports

FIFA's financial monitoring panel has asked one of its members to explain his arrest in a corruption case. Canover Watson was detained ...

Sport and Society for Arete: The NFL, Women and Sport

Richard Crepeau | Posted 11.05.2014 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Roger Goodell is the commissioner of the most popular professional sports league in the United States. This week he demonstrated just how much he learned at the feet of his predecessors, Paul Tagliabue and especially Pete Rozelle.

Tom Hanks Joins FIFA Turf War

AP | ANNE M. PETERSON | Posted 10.27.2014 | Sports

Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women's World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass. A...

No World Cup? Brazil Is Still a Must-See Destination (Photos)

Stephanie Be | Posted 10.14.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

No, FIFA and the Olympics aren't stimulating the economy. I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't enjoy the events because of the injustice. I'm advising you that the framing of the events as a stimulant for positive tourism is misleading.

Is the Road to Hell Paved with Qatar's Intentions?

Lilac Sigan | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Lilac Sigan

How similar is Qatar's real face to the image it's trying to portray? For one thing, Qatar has funded many extremist Islamic movements, such as ISIS, something it's probably regretted once ISIS got out of hand.

FIFA Rejects Calls To Strip Russia Of World Cup

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 09.24.2014 | Sports

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change." Some lawmakers in Ge...

Dear FIFA

Rodrigo Salazar | Posted 09.20.2014 | Sports
Rodrigo Salazar

My "love letter" to Sepp Blatter, to the tune of Jay Z's "Dear Summer".

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

What the US Men's Soccer Team Has Taught America

Kevin Siskar | Posted 09.14.2014 | Sports
Kevin Siskar

When Landon Donovan lead the American Outlaws on their 2010 run in the World Cup people were paying attention but it was mainly just soccer enthusiasts watching. It appears now though, that the excitement of the 2010 World Cup set the framework for soccer to grow over the last four years.

Lebron, Brazil, and Legacy

David Sable | Posted 09.13.2014 | Media
David Sable

In an always-on digital world, we have the two-edged sword of our "legacy cement" constantly being poured...hero to zero and back again before it dries.

Kicking FIFA While It's Up

The B Team | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
The B Team

As the 2014 World Cup draws to a close, now is the time to enter an era of good governance of the world's most popular sport. That means FIFA, football's governing body, must change to ensure this beloved sport is a force for good in the world.

Love Bite: Why Uruguayans Revere Luis Suárez

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.11.2014 | Sports
American Anthropological Association

People have expressed incredulity: how could Suárez do that, again (the third biting incident in his professional career)? Perhaps more shockingly, how could the Uruguayan national team and its coach, its fans, and even Uruguay's President defend his actions?