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December 3rd, 2014

Playing Surface Controversy Continues Ahead Of Women’s World Cup

The official draw for groups for the 2015 women’s World Cup is scheduled for Dec. 6. Meanwhile, the dispute over plans to use artificial turf at the competition is ongoing. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

Featured Book
November 29th, 2014

‘The Game Of Our Lives:’ English Football Preserves Urban Identities In The UK

Author David Goldblatt’s new book “The Game of Our Lives” seeks to explain soccer’s central place in the British psyche. Goldblatt joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book.

In Depth
November 22nd, 2014
By Sam Schramski

Future Murky For Brazil’s Arena Da Amazonia

The Brazilian state of Amazonas borrowed $160 million to build a new World Cup stadium. Now that the competition’s over, many are concerned about the stadium’s future. Can it bring in enough money to pay off the debt? Sam Schramski reports from Brazil.

Feature
November 15th, 2014
By Ian Mount

Eibar Thrives As Soccer's Ultimate Underdog

Located in Spain’s verdant Basque Country, Eibar shocked the soccer world in May when it became the smallest town to send a team to Spain’s top league — ever. Now, SD Eibar prepares to take on Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid. From Barcelona, Ian Mount has the story.

Feature
October 25th, 2014
By Hannah Morris

Reclaiming Eastern European Jewish Identity Through Soccer

With the help of the international Jewish sports organization Maccabi, two Polish soccer teams revived a historic rivalry this past summer. From Krakow, Poland, Hannah Morris brings us the story.

Feature
October 11th, 2014
By Annie Ropeik

Alaskan Soccer Game With Roots In Russian-American Fishing Venture

Inspired by a silver trophy from 1987, a diverse group of athletes in a remote Alaskan fishing hub recently participated in the International Friendship Cup. Annie Ropeik has the story of this unique community-building soccer tournament on Unalaska Island.

Interview
October 11th, 2014

Dutee Chand: A Woman Banned From Women’s Sports

Female track star Dutee Chand has been banned from competition due to naturally occurring high testosterone levels. Chand is fighting her ban. Juliet Macur of the New York Times recently profiled Chand and joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
September 20th, 2014

Australian Rules Football: ‘Organized Mayhem’

With the Australian Football League’s Grand Final scheduled for Sept. 27, Margaret Evans returns from Sydney with a primer on “Australian rules.”

Feature
September 13th, 2014
By Lauren Ober

Start Your Flippers: Pinball World Championship Comes To Pittsburgh

In mid-August, players from all over the world gathered in Pittsburgh for a world championship that you probably didn’t even know existed. Lauren Ober has the story.

Feature
August 23rd, 2014
By Charlie Schroeder

7,985 Miles From Williamsport: Hong Kong Plays Little League

Making it as a baseball player in Hong Kong isn’t easy. The fields are unkempt and the opportunities limited. But, as reporter Charlie Schroeder learns, there’s something to gain from learning America’s national pastime abroad.

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