‘Beyond despicable’: On the heels of a controversial World Cup, soccer in 2023 is being plagued with racism and xenophobia
Soccer is dubbed the beautiful game, but some truly heinous incidents in the U.S., Europe and Indonesia are putting a stamp on the sport in 2023.
On May 8, 2023 by Jacob Schneider
We’re up, we’re down: How promotion and relegation impacts fan-created content and fan identity
Sheffield United content creators, who know the joy of promotion and the pain of relegation, are on the rollercoaster once again.
On May 5, 2023 by Katey Lovell
‘Good, clean fun’? How social media continues to make men’s and women’s soccer two very different experiences
Soccer’s inability to understand female soccer fans is costing the sport more than $4 billion a year.
On May 3, 2023 by Yara El-Shaboury
Tackling homophobia in soccer with online tools: Is it working?
Having a World Cup in Qatar put more of a focus on LGBTQ+ fans — but has that greater awareness led to action?
On Mar 30, 2023 by Katey Lovell
Soccer players turned filmmakers explore when injuries challenge identity — with a ‘Ted Lasso’ connection
There's a need to talk about mental health in sports. A group of soccer players who became filmmakers show why.
On Feb 24, 2023 by Jeremy Blackmore
Win or lose: Chinese smartphones and WhatsApp enable offshore betting, newfound income, and hope for young Zimbabweans
Young bettors in Zimbabwe are connecting on WhatsApp and betting on the World Cup — even though it's illegal.
On Dec 17, 2022 by Ray Mwareya, Deogracias Kalima
‘Protect your players’: How the digital public square contributed to NWSL’s great reckoning
It took reporters' exposes, players and fans taking to Twitter, and a pair of sobering investigations to try to fix women's soccer. Has it been enough?
On Dec 16, 2022 by Meg Swanick
‘Just inviting a heart attack’: A quest to reverse the African jinx at the World Cup
Friday's match pits the robber against the robbed in what's been called "the biggest robbery in World Cup history."
On Dec 1, 2022 by Chidinma Iwu
‘We’re not gonna take it’: Designers and jersey merchants go online, offering USMNT fans a better way to rep at the World Cup
People don't like the jerseys Nike created for the U.S. team going to the World Cup. A few of them decided they'd just make their own.
On Oct 27, 2022 by Phil West
How online betting will change the World Cup experience for fans
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will feel a little bit different to American sports fans. You can bet on it. Literally.
On Oct 21, 2022 by Ian Quillen
Inside Qatar’s hacking campaign to silence digital dissidents before the World Cup
A digital crackdown is underway in the nation.
On Sep 27, 2022 by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
This pro footballer quit his dream job to pursue his passion for photography
Once a New York City FC defender, Ethan White is now pursuing another dream from behind his camera lens.
On Jan 6, 2022 by Voice
Black Players for Change assembled after George Floyd. They’re just getting started
The MLS collective is here, there, everywhere.
On Oct 15, 2021 by Phil West
How a Native American tradition is changing MLS’ community outreach
For MLS' new kids on the block, a different playbook emerges.
On Sep 28, 2021 by Phil West