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Scandal-ridden Asian Football Body Unfazed by Glaring Lack of Accountability

James Dorsey | Posted 04.17.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Efforts to reform Asian soccer governance have stalled more than a year after FIFA ousted disgraced former Asian Football Confederation president Mohammed Bin Hammam in the sport's worst corruption scandal that tainted multiple members of the executive committees of both the world soccer and the Asian soccer body.

A Guide to the FIFA World Cup -- Past, Present and Future

Adam Williams | Posted 03.27.2014 | Sports
Adam Williams

Most of the globe is getting excited for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer, but for those of you who haven't yet felt the magic of the World Cup, here's a look through some of it's history, so you can start feeling the magic, too.

Migrant Workers In World Cup Host Qatar 'Enslaved,' Reportedly Living In Squalor

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.22.2014 | Sports

After visiting labor camps near the Qatari capital of Doha, an international federation of trade unions has issued a blistering report chronicling the...

The Actual Brazil World Cup Scandal Isn't About Thongs

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

The 2014 Brazil World Cup made big headlines again this week after a controversial Adidas promotional campaign that the country's tourist board says...

How Can Sports Help to Promote Youth Employment?

Matthieu Cognac | Posted 03.10.2014 | Sports
Matthieu Cognac

Understanding how soft skills that can be developed through sports -- for example ethics, attitudes and communications -- are relevant to the world of work provides an interesting perspective on youth employability.

The World Cup Effect

Jürgen Griesbeck | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Jürgen Griesbeck

Football offers an important opportunity for development -- not just for those in need, but also those who have the resources and skills to help. The power of the sport is in its universal appeal, which can bring us together to tackle common challenges.

Qatar's World Cup Spectacle Brought to You by Slavery

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

The big controversies surrounding Qatar as the site of the 2022 World Cup have been the shady bidding process and fears that the desert heat will ru...

10 World Cup Predictions

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 11.22.2013 | Sports

Either they're geniuses ... or about to look foolish. For your delectation and debate, some of the sharpest soccer minds at The Associated Press — a...

EU Condemns 'Slavery' Conditions For World Cup Workers

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 11.22.2013 | Business

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union parliament urged Qatar on Thursday to immediately stop any contractors from abusing the rights of migrant workers...

An Open Letter To FIFA, the Other Woman in My Otherwise Healthy Relationship

Jessica Kane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jessica Kane

I know you're up there. I know you're turned on and just muted for the time being. And I know his hands were controlling you just moments before I walked in.

Ronaldo Fears Messi Favoritism | Posted 10.30.2013 | Sports

By Ben Hayward, Cristiano Ronaldo believes FIFA's favoritism for Barcelona and Lionel Messi is undermining his legacy at Real Madrid and f...

Qatar: A Conspiracy of Silence

Sharan Burrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Sharan Burrow

Governments, corporations, FIFA and even the UN willingly take billions of dollars of Qatari money and the price appears to be a blind eye to 21st century slavery.

FIFA Debating Winter World Cup

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 10.03.2013 | Sports

ZURICH -- ZURICH (AP) — FIFA opened a two-day board meeting Thursday that will discuss whether to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the traditio...

Decision to Change Date of Qatari World Cup Risks Political and Legal Rows

James Dorsey | Posted 11.25.2013 | Sports
James Dorsey

A pending decision by FIFA on whether to move the Qatar 2022 World Cup from summer to winter threatens to open debate on whether to deprive the Gulf state of its right to host one of the world's two largest sporting events and could spark allegations of an anti-Arab bias.

US Soars In FIFA Rankings

AP | Posted 09.12.2013 | Sports

ZURICH -- The United States climbed to 13th in the FIFA rankings, its highest position since July 2010. The Americans rose six places in the Septembe...

2022 World Cup Moving?

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 10.25.2013 | Sports

ULRICHEN, Switzerland — FIFA President Sepp Blatter expects his executive committee to decide soon on a switch that will shift the 2022 World Cu...


Abby Wambach | Posted 10.30.2013 | Sports
Abby Wambach

I was a teenager... and I idolized the US Women's National Team. They were amazing players and people who were living a life that was hard to comprehend. Fortunately, I was also beginning to play on youth national teams and I slowly started to envision myself in their shoes.

FIFA Wants Answers From Russia On Anti-Gay Law

AP | GRAHAM DUNBAR | Posted 08.13.2013 | Sports

GENEVA -- FIFA has asked authorities in 2018 World Cup host Russia for "clarification and more details" about a new anti-gay law, joining the Internat...

U.S. Climbs FIFA Rankings

AP | Posted 08.08.2013 | Sports

ZURICH -- The United States has broken into the top 20 of the FIFA rankings for the first time in more than two years after winning last month's Gold ...

FIFA Reaffirms Its Role as Pillar of Established Order

James Dorsey | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Greater transparency and accountability as well as the enabling of powerful international sports associations to live up to their lofty principles and values would be significantly enhanced by recognizing reality for what it is: sports and politics are inextricably intertwined.

Winter World Cup?

AP | Posted 07.17.2013 | Sports

GOING, Austria -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter plans to ask the governing body's executive committee to consider moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to ...

2014 World Cup Sponsorship Rules: Humanity, Humility, Help

Andrew Speyer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Latino Voices
Andrew Speyer

It can't all be Messi, Christiano Ronaldo and Neymar as superheroes aligned with your brand. It has been the perceived arrogance of the government and FIFA that has brought people into the streets.

The Riot in Rio -- Anti-FIFA Backlash Spotlights English As Brazil's Other Language

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Inside and outside stadiums throughout Brazil one saw banners and placards in English and in Portuguese. Online media and social utilities like Facebook and Twitter feature pages and live citizen journalist updates in both languages.

FIFA: Protests Won't Stop Confederations Cup

AP | SIMON HAYDON | Posted 06.21.2013 | Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Soccer's governing body has no plans to cancel the Confederations Cup in Brazil despite the violent anti-government protests spreadi...

FIFA Approves Stricter Sanctions For Racism

AP | GERALD IMRAY | Posted 07.31.2013 | Black Voices

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius — Soccer teams face much tougher penalties for serious racist abuse, including being relegated or having points deducted. ...