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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.

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.

October 4th, 2014

Women’s Soccer Stars Sue Over Artificial Turf Plan At World Cup

Games at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup are scheduled to be played on artificial turf. Players from around the world have filed a lawsuit that claims gender discrimination. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl and U.S. player Heather O’Reilly join Bill Littlefield to delve into the story.

In Depth
July 5th, 2014

Are Soccer’s Penalty Kicks Too Easy?

Since 1966, players have converted 81 percent of all World Cup penalty kicks. Grantland writer Kirk Goldsberry thinks it’s time for soccer to consider moving the penalty kick spot back.

In The News
July 5th, 2014

Up Next, 2018: The Future Of The U.S. Men’s National Team

The U.S. made it out of group play at the 2014 World Cup but was stopped in the Round of 16. Can the team go further in in 2018? Greg Lalas of MLSsoccer.com joins Karen Given to discuss what’s next for coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team.

Only A Blog
July 1st, 2014
By Martin Kessler

FIFA Video Game Scores American Soccer Fans

Record numbers of Americans are tuning in to watch the 2014 World Cup. FIFA, a soccer video game, may have something to do with it.

June 28th, 2014

An Open Letter To Soccer-Hating Sports Writers

Every four years they appear: columns by sports writers explaining whey they hate soccer. Bill Littlefield has a tip for those scribes: take a vacation during the World Cup.

In Depth
June 28th, 2014
By Saul Gonzalez

World Cup Fever In Los Angeles: One City, Many Fan Bases

Like much of the planet, Los Angeles has World Cup fever. And in L.A., you can find fans of any country. Reporter Saul Gonzalez watched games with fans all over the city and talked to them about their soccer loyalties.

In The News
June 28th, 2014

U.S. Advances In World Cup: ‘This Is A New Tournament’

The U.S. men’s soccer team couldn’t beat Germany on Thursday, but still managed to move on thanks to their goal differential advantage over Ghana and Portugal. Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated joined Bill Littlefield.

June 25th, 2014

We Get It, Sports Writers: You Don’t Like Soccer

As the World Cup presses on, one type of sports column has dependably reappeared again this summer, a column which Bill Littlefield finds unnecessary.

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