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September 26, 2019
Israel Canceled the FIFA Palestine Cup for No Apparent Reason
Many think it was done to drive a wedge between the West Bank and Gaza in order to thwart the aspirations to nationhood of the Palestinian people.
September 26, 2018
Soccer and Domestic Violence: When the Beautiful Game Turns Ugly
In Colombia, cases of intimate-partner violence against women rose by 33 percent during the past two World Cups.
June 20, 2018
FIFA’s Weak Attempts to Fight Racism Are on Display at the World Cup in Russia
The eviction of “diversity houses” follows a series of racist incidents in the country’s soccer leagues. Will FIFA again do nothing?
Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi
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.
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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.
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.”