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A conversation with Tom Sermanni about New Zealand, Australia, the USWNT and its culture, and women’s football

Tom Sermanni, head coach of New Zealand’s national women’s team, is perfectly positioned to talk about the current state of women’s football (or soccer, if you need) around the world.

Jadon Sancho and Marcus Thuram, English and French footballers in Germany, offer tributes to George Floyd and #BlackLivesMatter

Borussia Dortmund’s English player Jadon Sancho took off his shirt to reveal a “Justice for George Floyd” message after scoring for Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Sunday. The 20-year-old was subsequently issued a yellow card by the referee for removing his shirt. Other Dortmund players later showed they were also wearing the message of support. […]

Saudi Arabia’s blood money will pass the Newcastle United Premier League test

Under Bin Salman’s leadership there has been a sweeping crackdown on human rights, with government critics and human rights defenders arrested, tortured and put on trial, while at the same time there has been a marked increase in executions after unfair trials in the country.

Canada Soccer, Vancouver Whitecaps, and a sexual abuse story that won’t be ignored (despite some ‘best’ efforts)

A blog post by former Ireland international and Vancouver Whitecaps player Ciara McCormack 12 months ago shined a light on how Canada Soccer and Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps failed to adequately address decade-long allegations.

Nicaragua, football, and the Coronavirus crisis

Here is how some of Nicaragua’s football players are dealing with playing games even when they feel at risk. And yes, some teams take the field in masks and gloves.

Marbella Ibarra, futbolista, murdered in Mexico

Marbella Ibarra, a pioneer of women’s soccer in Mexico, was found dead and wrapped in plastic at a beach resort south of Tijuana.

‘Context is everything’ explains Trevor Noah after ‘France is African’ World Cup statement upsets French ambassador

Trevor Noah’s response to France’s ambassador is a lesson in context. The French national team can be both French and African. 

Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic wins the World Cup and shows the power of football diplomacy

The appearances by the Croatian president during the tournament had media across the world frantically looking up her Wikipedia page to discover photos of her wearing a bikini and learning she was formerly Croatia’s Minister for European Affairs, Minister for Foreign Affairs,  Ambassador to the United States, and Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO.

How a soccer pitch in Los Angeles helped rebuild a community ravaged by riots

“What we are trying to do is build more than a soccer field. We are trying to build a community.”

Donald Trump tweeted about the 2026 World Cup bid and it is as helpful as you would expect

France has announced its support of Morocco’s bid for 2026. France is NOT voting for the United States-led bid.