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FIFA news and analysis from The Nation
May 18, 2017
FIFA Punts on Palestine and Fouls Its Own Bylaws
The world soccer body has decreed that the West Bank is just land without teams for teams without a land.
March 9, 2017
Will FIFA Ever Stand Up to Israeli Teams in Illegal Settlements?
Human-rights organizations have a simple demand for FIFA: Follow your own bylaws.
June 29, 2016
Front Row for the Fall of England
England’s soccer loss to Iceland in the European Championships adds insult to injury in the wake of Brexit.
May 10, 2016
Dispatch From Rio: The Muted Olympic Hype Is Deafening
With less than 90 days until the Summer Games, it’s all pain and no party in Rio.
April 28, 2016
Meet Two Women Tackling Misogyny in Sports Journalism
Sports journalists Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro asked men to read aloud the misogynistic messages they receive online in order to increase awareness of harassment.
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April 12, 2016
Farewell to Al Jazeera America
The end of the media empire’s US venture doesn’t bode well for American viewers—or for journalism.
April 5, 2016
US Women’s Soccer Is More Popular Than Men’s, but the Players Are Still Paid Less
The men “get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”
March 2, 2016
Meet Gianni Infantino, the New Head of FIFA
The role of the chief comes with less power and a clear mission to make the operation a bit less rank.
March 1, 2016
It’s Time to Kick Israel Out of Soccer
As we said for South Africa, “No normal sport in an abnormal society.” The idea has already rattled Israeli diplomats.
January 27, 2016
Brazil in Peril: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Zika Virus
The legacy of the 2016 Brazil Olympics could be the spreading of the Zika virus across the hemisphere’s most vulnerable populations.